Manchester Migration Month

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

Key events


Manchester Migration Month drew 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 saw Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, completely transformed to resemble a warehouse on the edge of a border. The immersive production used 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 went towards the Migration Lab's three partner charities - Revive, United for Change and Operation Florian.

Brexit and Migration

The 'World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change' conference began with a 'Brexit and Migration' discussion day, running from 12pm-7pm on 30 October. Notable speakers included The University of Manchester’s Professor Nina Glick-Schiller and Professor Rob Ford.

Foundation Day lecture

On Wednesday 11 October at Whitworth Hall, Gulwali Passarlay delivered 2017's prestigious Foundation Day lecture, entitled 'From a war zone to the lecture theatre'.

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

Journeys Festival International

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

The festival worked 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 were two such partners, proud to have supported the festival's growth to enable it to flourish within the city’s cultural scene.

In 2017, Journeys Festival International presented 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).

World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change

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 in 2017 - came together for their inaugural international conference entitled, 'World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change'.

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

Key themes

Inequalities (9 to 15 October)

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

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

Social justice (16 to 22 October)

In week two, focus shifted 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 at The University of Manchester during this week included:

Belonging (23 to 29 October)

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

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

Brexit (30 October to 4 November)

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

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