Easter Term 2022
Freedom Street: Seeking Refuge, Fighting for Freedom
24 June 2022 | 11:00-2:00pm BST
Hosted by Cambridge Development Initiative, Cambridge Migration Society, and Oxford Migration Studies Society
Please join the Cambridge Development Initiative in partnering with the Cambridge Migration Society and the Oxford Migration Studies Society to present an exclusive screening of 'Freedom Street,’ a moving documentary that explores the plight of refugees trapped in Indonesia as a consequence of Australia’s border protection policy. The documentary film screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with filmmaker Alfred Pek and some of the refugees starring in the documentary.
14,000 refugees are trapped in limbo, caught in the crossfire of Australia's border policy and Indonesia's indifference. They have one destination: freedom.
Freedom Street Documentary is an independent documentary by Alfred Pek that explores the harrowing plights of Joniad, Ashfaq and Azizah, three refugees who are affected by the consequences of Australia's policies and who are trapped in Indonesia. This feature-length documentary tells their moving stories whilst deconstructing Australia’s cruel border protection policy in a series of conversations with various experts, illuminating the issue in its entire (dark) historical and contemporary context.
The experts provide insight into Australia’s long history of border control and Australian-Indonesian relations which serve to contextualise the struggle of our three protagonists as they look towards an uncertain future. The documentary highlights the cost of Australia’s undemocratic policies both on the refugees and the Australian taxpayers over the years while urgently sounding the alarm for meaningful and humane solutions to an ever-worsening issue. This film is 110 minutes long.
Network Analysis of Determinants of Attitudes towards Immigrants across Regions
30 November 2021 | 12:00-13:00 GMT
Rachael Kei Kawasaki, visiting scholar in the Department of Land Economy
Room S2, Alison Richard building, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
Network of determinants of attitudes towards immigrant in Middle East and Southeast Asia region. Node color represents cluster membership; green edges represent positive correlation, red negative
As migration destinations change and anti-immigrant sentiment becomes more politically salient, how individuals form their attitudes towards immigrants has grown in importance to policymakers and stakeholders around the world. This study aims to understand determinants in a truly global context, including countries that have often been left out of cross-national analysis, using a novel network science approach. Using data from Wave 6 of the World Values Survey, four bipartite networks of countries and determinants of attitudes towards immigrants are constructed and projected into one-mode networks: one of the countries and one of the attitudes, beliefs, and values which influence attitudes, i.e. “features.” Community analysis detects which features are correlated in determining attitudes, allowing for the reduction of hundreds of features to key determinants of attitudes in a region. The study finds that prejudices towards out-groups, especially racial prejudice, are important determinants irrespective of region and can be considered a generalizable determinant of attitudes towards immigrants. Social identity theory and intergroup conflict theory are found to be influential in motivating racial prejudice, though their influence varies by region. Secondly, values are more prominent in networks containing European countries than others. This finding suggests that values-based communications on migration, which are often considered best practice, may not be effective in other regions and highlights the need for greater research into cultural differences in the determinants of attitudes.
Seminar: Linguistic and Musical Heritage of Afrodescendants in South Asia
29 April 2021 | 1pm-2pm (BST)
Speaker: Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya
Moderator: Mariana P. L. Pereira
Co-organised by The Cambridge Migration Society & the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre (CHRC)
*Image owned by Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya
In the longue durée, voluntary Africans served as sailors, soldiers, missionaries, jurists and traders. Colonial archives and historical sources narrate the military achievements of involuntary Africans. A few enslaved Africans achieved unimaginable heights through the route of elite military slavery. Today, the majority of Afrodescendants fall below the radar and music has been a platform for carving out a new identity within postcoloniality. Cultural memories associated with Sufism are practised by many Afrodescendants in the sub-continent. A Catholic community of Afrodescendants in Sri Lanka offers a rare opportunity to consider memory and heritage within a diasporic framework. The community refer to a moribund “Portuguese” as “our language”, and the lyrics of manjas have enshrined the creolised Portuguese – Sri Lanka Portuguese (historically known as Ceylon Portuguese or Indo-Portuguese of Ceylon), the lingua franca for most of the colonial era (1505-1948). The Afro-Sri Lankan community’s dual heritage in language and music raises significant issues of safeguarding and revitalising.
Here are some reading suggestions (available at the University of Cambridge Library):
African Identity in Asia (Markus Wiener, New Jersey)
African Diaspora in Asian Trade Routes and Cultural Memories (Edwin Mellen Press)
The Portuguese in the East: A Cultural History of a Maritime Trading Empire. I B Tauris /Bloomsbury Publishers
The African diaspora in the Indian Ocean (with Professor Richard Pankhurst, OBE)
Roundtable: Intersections and Contradictions of Activism/Advocacy and Academia
23 February 2021
Invited speakers: Steven Martin, Lou Elena Bouey, Erika Teichert, and Diego Azurdia
Forum Coordinator: Beja Protner
Speakers shared experiences of inhabiting the spheres of engagement, academia and migration-related activism/advocacy. In which ways it is possible to navigate these worlds, which often seem detached from each other? The roundtable tackled the challenges and limitations involved in combining them, and the ways these insights of the one fruitfully feed into the other.
Co-sponsored by The Cambridge Migration Society & the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement
Seminar: Action-Reaction to Rohingya Migration from Rakhine State to Bangladesh - An Analysis on Ethical Responsibilities of Civil-Military, and Religious Groups to Migrated Rohingya during Migration and beyond
3 February 2021
Speaker: Md. Abusalah Sakender
Discussion on the ethical role of civil-military camps including NGOs and religious groups during Rohingya migration and post-migration periods. Questions addressed include: what was the reaction of Bangladeshi people during Rohingya migration from Rakhine State to Bangladesh?