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Manchester Migration Month

Running from 9 October to 4 November 2017, Manchester Migration Month is a series of events, activities and features that explore migration's relationship with inequalities, social justice, belonging and Brexit.

Find out more below or get involved by using the #UoMmigration hashtag.

Key events

2 October to 15 October: Journeys Festival International

Produced by ArtReach, Journeys Festival International celebrates the artistic talents of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists, and explores work that shares the refugee experience.

The festival works closely with a portfolio of partners, from frontline refugee and asylum seeker charities and advocacy groups to cultural organisations and leading arts venues. The University of Manchester's Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery are two such partners, and we're proud to have supported the festival's growth to enable it to flourish within the city’s cultural scene.

This year, Journeys Festival International presents internationally acclaimed refugee artists and musicians at the JOURNEYS Weekender (14-15 October), cutting-edge theatre as part of Orbit 2017, and dance at Contact (10-12 October).

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11 October: Foundation Day lecture

On Wednesday 11 October from 4.30pm Gulwali Passarlay will deliver this year's prestigious Foundation Day lecture, entitled 'From a war zone to the lecture theatre', at Whitworth Hall.

Gulwali is an influential Afghan refugee, a published author, TEDx speaker, and Politics alumn of The University of Manchester.

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30 October to 1 November: World on the Move

From Monday 30 October until Wednesday 1 November, the Manchester Migration Lab - a virtual hub of more than 70 migration researchers from across the University’s research institutes and disciplines established earlier this year - come together for their inaugural international conference entitled, 'World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change'.

The ticketed conference, held at the Chancellors Hotel, Fallowfield, will provide an arena for discussion, debate, and the development of future research projects. Plenary sessions from world-leading migration researchers, panels, and workshops will create spaces for the development of sustainable networks and relationships across the academic, policy, not-for-profit and media sectors. 

The conference begins on 30 October with a 'Brexit and Migration' discussion day, running from 12pm-7pm with notable speakers including The University of Manchester’s Professor Nina Glick-Schiller and Professor Rob Ford. This free event, held at University Place, is open to all.

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30 October: Brexit and Migration

The 'World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change' conference discussed above begins with a 'Brexit and Migration' discussion day, running from 12pm-7pm on 30 October with notable speakers including The University of Manchester’s Professor Nina Glick-Schiller and Professor Rob Ford. This free event, held at University Place, is open to all.

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31 October to 4 November: Be//Longing

Our month draws to a close with Be//Longing, a specially commissioned multimedia theatre performance by the acclaimed TakeBack Theatre - a political theatre collective set up in October 2015 by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Becx Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer as an artistic response to the politics of austerity.

Taking place each evening from 7.30pm on Tuesday 31 October to Saturday 4 November, the performance will see Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, completely transformed to resemble a warehouse on the edge of a border. The immersive production will use installations, an exhibition, music, video and scripted theatre to boldly address perceptions of migration, shine a spotlight on the Migration Lab's research and tell real stories of migration.

All proceeds will go towards the Migration Lab's three partner charities - Revive, United for Change and Operation Florian.

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Key themes

Inequalities (9 to 15 October)

In week one of Manchester Migration Month, we will explore the relationship between migration and global inequalities - one of the University's five research beacons.

Migration-related events happening at The University of Manchester during this week include:

Social justice (16 to 22 October)

In week two, focus will shift to social justice - a key theme for the University’s Faculty of Humanities and one means by which we can address the inequalities that many refugees and immigrants face.

Migration-related events happening at The University of Manchester during this week include:

Belonging (23 to 29 October)

To mark the third week of Manchester Migration Month, we will focus on how the concept of 'belonging' fits within our global inequalities research beacon.

Migration-related events happening at The University of Manchester during this week include:

Brexit (30 October to 4 November)

In the final week, we will focus on the relationship between migration and Brexit.

Migration-related events happening at The University of Manchester during this week include: