IRiS Seminar: Migrant Children and the Politics of Irregular Migration

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 12.30pm to 2pm, Room 710, 7th floor Muirhead Tower

Talk by Jacob Lind, Dr Anna Lundberg and Dr Michael Strange, Malmӧ University. Discussant: Dr Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham. 

How the experiences of undocumented migrant children and families compare in Malmo and Birmingham? Jacob Lind (currently visiting researcher at IRiS), Dr Anna Lundberg and Dr Michael Strange will present their project ‘Undocumented children’s rights claims’, a multidisciplinary study project on agency and contradictions between different levels of regulation and practice that reveals undocumented children’s human rights.

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Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership


Judith Smith, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust writes for HSMC viewpoint about Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership. The original article and other posts for HSMC viewoint can be found here.

In 1987, like generations of NHS graduate management trainees, I made my way to Harrogate for the 2-day assessment centre which determined which bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates were to be admitted to the national scheme.  I can still recall how surprised and impressed I was that the final appointments panel was chaired by a woman chief executive, and that she took time during the interview to talk to me about the NHS’ opportunities and support for women managers.  Bear in mind that a similar interview for the then British Rail scheme, I had been asked why ever a woman would be interested in trains, and at another for the electricity supply industry, I found myself completely surrounded by male engineers and aspirant trainees.

So do we still need to keep talking about gender and leadership almost 30 years later, or is this yesterday’s issue?  There seems to be more positive news for women where NHS management is concerned: between 60 and 70% of trainees entering the NHS graduate scheme in the past three years have been female[1], and 36%[2]of NHS Chief Executives are women.

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Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedge’s photos for Shelter 1968-1972


When: 2/10/14 to 18/1/15                  Where:Science Museum, London

Make Life Worth Living presents a collection of powerful and moving works by documentary photographer Nick Hedges, commissioned in 1968 by the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

These hard-hitting photographs, exposing the poor housing conditions and abject poverty being endured by people across Britain, form one of the most important documentary photography projects of the 20th century.

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Still The Enemy Within + Q&A

The Electric Cinema

Tuesday 2nd December, @6.15pm

Enemy“In 1984, a conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcing the closure of coal mines, threatening not just an industry but whole communities and a way of life.

Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160 000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history.  Still The Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before.

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How can the law be expected to cope with ‘Superdiversity?’ – Ralph Grillo, University of Sussex


When: 19 November 2014 – 1.00 to 2.30 pm.         Where:  429, Muirhead Tower

Contemporary European societies are all in varying degree multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, and ‘superdiversity’ (or rather, ‘super-diversification’) in its various guises is a powerful way of characterising the processes through which that situation has arisen.

Currently however, there is widespread, acrimonious debate about diversity (especially cultural and religious diversity) and its limits, as may be observed in the media, in parliaments, in policy initiatives at local, national and international levels, and in the daily preoccupations of, for instance, social workers and teachers. The courts too, are among the institutions which must confront different beliefs and practices and their possible ‘accommodation’. Although in the past (and still to some extent), class and regional affiliation (Irish, Scots, Welsh), along with affiliation to religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, were associated with the cultural differences with which the courts were confronted, it is cultural and religious diversity (as well as perhaps ‘racial’ identity) associated with people of migrant or refugee origin (especially, but not only, Muslims), that is seemingly most problematic.

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