The Forum addresses various issues around activism in migration-related contexts and beyond, including the question of the relationship between activism and academia, the challenges addressed and faced by (migration) activists, epistemology & knowledge-production, political exile, and migrant self-organizing. These topics will be addressed through roundtable discussions, talks, readings, and seminars throughout the following academic terms.
The group is open to all who have an interest in migration and activism, whether in research or practice. Contact Beja Protner if you would like to get involved or know more!
Migration & Activism Series/Forum
Intersections and Contradictions of Activism/Advocacy and Academia
Time: Tuesday, 23 February, 12-1:30 pm
Co-sponsored by The Cambridge Migration Society & the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement
Invited speakers: Steven Martin, Lou Elena Bouey, Erika Teichert, and Diego Azurdia
Moderator: Beja Protner
Invited speakers will share their experiences of inhabiting the two spheres of engagement, academia and migration-related activism/advocacy. In which ways it is possible to navigate the two worlds, which often seem detached from each other? The Forum will address the challenges and limitations involved in combining them, and the ways these insights of the one fruitfully feed into the other. This participative sharing of experiences and thoughts will be our first step into a longer conversation, which we will develop further throughout our Migration & Activism Series.
About the speakers:
Steven Martin is a member of The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, an Associate Fellow at The Centre for Disaster and Humanitarian Ethics, and an Associate Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Steven combines cross-disciplinary research, teaching, advocacy and activism to improve lives of disadvantaged populations.
Lou Elena Bouey is an MPhil student in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. Working across the fields of urbanism, architecture, and policies reform on the US-Mexico, she focuses on resiliency around the issues of climate justice and the refugee crisis, and explores new forms of urban citizenship. She is especially interested in system design, circular thinking, and community-based activism.
Erika Teichert is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a final-year PhD Candidate in Latin American Studies at Cambridge. Her doctoral research explores the mobilisation of photography by human rights movements in contemporary Argentina. Beyond academia, she has contributed to the Ni una menos Argentine feminist collective in the UK, particularly advancing their support for the legal abortion bill, which just passed in December 2020.
Diego Azurdia holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and an MA in Latin American Cultures from Columbia University. He is currently in his 3rd year of the PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Currently he is finishing his first novel. He is mostly at home under the menacing shadows of the volcanoes of his native Guatemala.