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October 2018

Seminar – Asylum after empire: postcolonial legacies in the politics of asylum seeking

October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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"This presentation explores aspects of Dr Lucy Myblin's (University of Warwick) recent book ‘Asylum After Empire: Postcolonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking’. The aim of the book is to begin theorising asylum policy within the context of such histories; to make sense of contemporary public policy developments on asylum within the context of histories of colonialism. "

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‘Borders: The good, the bad and the ugly’

October 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street
Reading, RG1 1QH United Kingdom
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"Ruben Andersson (Associate Professor of Migration and Development) considers Europe's contemporary and historic borders ,to show how bordering shifts over time. He asks whether we should aim for 'good borders' rather than 'no borders'. Refreshments/snacks afterwards. Joint Global Justice Reading and RISC event."  

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Cherishing God’s Earth – Where to begin?

October 28, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St Mary-le-More Church, 22 Castle Street
Wallingford, OX10 8DW
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Speaker: The Revd Margot Hodson. "Revd. Margot R Hodson is Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice in Buckinghamshire. She is on the management boards of both JRI and A Rocha UK. Margot has written a number of books, together with her husband Martin, looking at the Christian faith and environmental issues." Lecture series in memory of John Gordon. All welcome. Free.         A CCOW featured event

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Seminar – The business of modern slavery: forced migration and forced labour in a failed state

October 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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"Seminar by Professor Brad K Blitz (Middlesex University London) This seminar describes how slavery like situations may occur in transit states. It develops Arendt’s analysis of xenophobic crystallisation to show how under conditions of rightlessness, the interests of the ‘mob’ and capital may give way to economic exploitation and slavery. Drawing upon data gathered as part of an ESRC funded project which included a study of 300 migrants who crossed from Libya to Sicily, it describes how migrants may become increasingly…

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November 2018

City of Sanctuary London and South-East regional gathering

November 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friends House, Euston Road
London, NW1 2BJ
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"Friends House in London will be the host of the 2018 City of Sanctuary London and South-East Regional Gathering. The gathering is open to all, whether or not you are already involved with a City of Sanctuary group. Meet others in the region offering a culture of welcome and belonging to those seeking sanctuary." Register to attend on the City of Sanctuary website.

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Resilience Toolbox: Strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Balham Salvation Army, 38 Balham High Road
London, SW12 9AH
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£7.50 – £45

"Working with refugees and asylum seekers often means helping people in very difficult situations and hearing traumatic, personal stories. Pressure can build very quickly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and, if we're not careful, for compassion fatigue to set in. How do we protect ourselves from burnout? How do we support refugees and asylum seekers who are struggling? 'Resilience Toolbox' will give you tools in self-care and debriefing others to ensure the emotional wellbeing of those involved in refugee…

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Cherishing God’s Earth – Putting it into practice

November 18, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St Mary-le-More Church, 22 Castle Street
Wallingford, OX10 8DW
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"Revd. Jennifer Brown is a priest in the Church of England and is currently Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice group of churches in south Oxfordshire and an associate member of faculty of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University. Jennifer has a long-standing interest in Christian care for the environment and animal welfare and is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics." Free - All welcome. Lecture series in memory of John Gordon.

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Marlow Refugee Action’s “World-Cafe” Event

November 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marlow Rowing Club Bar, Marlow Bridge Lane
Marlow, Bucks SL7 1RH
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"After two years of collecting, campaigning, fund-raising and volunteering our understanding of the refugee crisis, and what we in Marlow can do to help has made significant progress. Come and hear more about our vision for the charity moving forward and how you can get more involved and help refugees both in our area and in camps abroad. Your help and support so far has been amazing, please join us for the next step of our journey. There is no…

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The Arts of Integrating – lecture by Professor Alison Phipps, OBE

November 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Blackfriars, St Giles
Oxford, OX1 3LY
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"Las Casas Institute for Social Justice Annual Lecture 2018. God and the Illegal Alien. The Arts of Integrating a lecture by Professor Alison Phipps, OBE, With Gameli Tordzro, Naa Densua Tordzro and Tawona Sitholé. Refugee integration is a concern across the Western world. How to ensure cohesive societies? How to develop policies which will allay fears? How to set limits or erase limits around who may or may not ‘integrate’? As a result the concept of integration has become highly…

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Seminar – The Kindertransport: Contesting memory

November 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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"Seminar by Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton) The 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport is a fitting time to reflect on the programme and reassess the ways in which it has been remembered in this country. The enduring narrative of the Kindertransport as a heroic response that rescued and saved 10,000 predominantly Jewish youngsters under the age of seventeen has reappeared in the national conversation in the context of current refugee crises. Utilising rare archival evidence from Kindertransportees’ case files as…

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Photos, Food and Music to Support Refugees in Oxford

November 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Michael’s Church, 33 Lonsdale Road, Summertown
Oxford, OX2 7ES
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£8

"Join us for a fun fundraising weekend in support of Asylum Welcome. Since retiring three years ago, I’ve been working as a volunteer adviser at Asylum Welcome, helping asylum seekers and refugees to navigate the many bureaucratic and everyday obstacles they face. In my work as a documentary filmmaker, I travelled to many fascinating places. The photos in this exhibition are from some of the countries I have visited over the years, along with ones taken in Oxford and around…

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Photos, Food and Music to Support Refugees in Oxford

November 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
St Michael’s Church, 33 Lonsdale Road, Summertown
Oxford, OX2 7ES
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£5

"Join us for a fun fundraising weekend in support of Asylum Welcome. Since retiring three years ago, I’ve been working as a volunteer adviser at Asylum Welcome, helping asylum seekers and refugees to navigate the many bureaucratic and everyday obstacles they face. In my work as a documentary filmmaker, I travelled to many fascinating places. The photos in this exhibition are from some of the countries I have visited over the years, along with ones taken in Oxford and around…

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25th anniversary demonstration – Campsfield House

November 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campsfield House main gates, Langford Lane
Kidlington, OX5 1RE
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"25 YEARS TOO LONG! Anniversary demo It will be 25 years since Campsfield House became an immigration detention centre, and members of the "Campaign to Close Campsfield and End All Immigration Detention" are planning a series of events.  These will include a meeting at the Town Hall on the Friday evening, and the usual gathering  in  Exeter Hall, Kidlington (2.30-4.30pm) after the demonstration.   It is a short walk to the hall from Campsfield House.  Both the Oxford MPs spoke last year; Layla Moran,…

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Quiz night in aid of Brightwell Supporting Refugees

November 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Lion Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, OX10 0RT United Kingdom + Google Map

"Brightwell Supporting Refugees are running a Quiz night at the Red Lion in Brightwell on Monday November 26th, 7.30 for 8pm start. Book tables by ringing the Red Lion (01491 837373)."

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Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes

November 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nissan Theatre, St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6JF United Kingdom
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"A film by Nick Stadlen. The film lasts 88 minutes and will be  followed by a discussion led by the film-maker. Former High Court Judge and Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow Sir Nick Stadlen tells the story of Nelson Mandela's co-defendants at the Rivonia trial, the lawyers who saved them from the gallows and some of the other brave men and women who supported them in their fight for the freedom of South Africa. It is an inspiring story of immense courage and…

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December 2018

Communications event for groups supporting refugees

December 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bradbury Room, Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DH
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Would your local refugee group or organisation like to do some joint thinking about strategic communications, both among ourselves and externally? Then please join us on Wednesday 12th December, 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford for a session led by media consultant Jillian Moody. Jillian ran the two communications workshops at our “Partnerships of Hope” conference in April and offered to facilitate this follow-up event in response to participants’ feedback.  There is also the option to bring your…

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Slough Refugee Support Christmas Party

December 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chalvey Community Centre, The Green
Slough, SL1 2SP
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"Come along to our annual Client Christmas Party, taking place this year at the Chalvey Community Centre. Join us for good food, music, a guest speaker and lots of fun!"

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January 2019

Sanctuary Hosting new host & volunteer training morning

January 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oxford

"Sanctuary Hosting is a registered UK charity that provides shelter to homeless vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom are destitute. We work across the Thames Valley to match guests to generous people who have a spare room to accommodate them temporarily. We will be running a training session on the morning of Saturday 12th January in Oxford. This is aimed at new hosts and support volunteers but will be interesting for anyone who thinks they could do with a refresher. Please…

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Seminar – Transnationalism, return visits, home and belonging: second generation from refugee backgrounds

January 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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Professor Alice Bloch (University of Manchester) "This paper explores the role and significance of different types of transnational engagement – social, cultural, political and economic – in the lives of second generation from refugee backgrounds. Drawing on in-depth interviews with the British born adult children of refugees from Tamil, Kurdish and Vietnamese backgrounds the paper will examine the transnational activities of second generation, the ways in which they differ from their parents and how their refugee histories may have shaped transnational engagement including complex experiences and feelings during return visits. The paper highlights both the…

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Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

January 17 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 pm
Manor Road Building, Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
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"A joint event hosted by the Extra Legal Governance Institute (EXLEGI), Department of Sociology and Refugee Studies Centre Acclaimed documentary film maker James Bluemel will show clips from and talk about his BAFTA winning BBC and PBS documentary series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. The production team gave cameraphones to people attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty or persecution. They filmed where regular film crews could not go: on the inflatable dinghies crossing from Turkey to Greece, in the back of lorries entering the Eurotunnel,…

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