Conversations with Iris: Podcast series on migration, diversity and displacement
By IRIS, University of Birmingham, UK
Conversations with Iris: Podcast series on migration, diversity and displacementMay 22, 2023
Connected people: migration, social difference and colonial legacies - with Angelo Martins Junior (S4 E3)
This episode of Conversations with IRiS offers insights into the experiences of Brazilians in London and questions assumptions on 'community' and its boundaries. Nando Sigona speaks to Angelo Martins Jr, the author of 'Moving difference' an ethnographic exploration of how race, class and gender constructions travel with migrants and shape their migratory plans and trajectories as well as their experiences in the countries of residence and origin. Angelo also reflects on his work with sub-Saharan African migrants in Europe and Brazil and how his positionality plays a role in how he interact and engage with research participants. Dr Angelo Martins Junior is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Temporalities of forced immobility – with Inka Stock (S4 E2)
In this new episode, Anna Papoutsi discusses with Inka Stock, author of the excellent book ‘Time, migration and forced immobility: Sub-Saharan African migrants in Morocco’, published by Bristol University Press. The episode examines the temporalities of forced immobility, and the long-term impact of specific migration policies, which forcibly immobilise migrants in intermediary or ‘transit’ countries, on the everyday lives of those migrants.
Encountering Migration: Worlds Within and Worlds Without – with Michael Jackson (S4 E1)
In this conversation, Birmingham Fellow Dr Jennifer Allsopp and Professor Michael Jackson from the Harvard Divinity School discuss the inter-relational aspects of migration research and how literature has informed their fieldwork both in terms of method and interpretation, from Sebold to Dante. In a wide-ranging and deeply personal discussion, they cover topics including the nexus between autobiography and ethnographic research; the possibilities and limits of empathy and the relationship between narrative as told and lived in life, books and art. Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @JennifeAllsopp and @DanteRefugees.
Collaborating with research assistants in Afghanistan – with Meena Sadr & Hannah Pool (S3 E5)
In this conversation, Paladia Ziss (@pyziss) talks with Meena Sadr, student from Afghanistan, and Hannah Pool (Max-Planck-Institute Cologne) about the ethics and politics of collaborating with research assistants in research in and on Afghanistan. Hannah is the author of the award-winning PhD dissertation '"Doing the Game": The Moral Economy of Coming to Europe" (@hnnhpool). Meena (@meenasadr) transcribed Hannah's interviews with Afghan migrants; later she was forced to flee Afghanistan herself following the takeover of the Taliban.
Queer resistance and solidarity in wartime Ukraine – with Zhenya Tramvay Yevhen Trachuk (S3 E4)
In this episode, Dawn River talks to Zhenya Tramvay Yevhen Trachuk from Kyiv Pride. Zhenya focuses on the achievements of LGBTQI people in Ukraine and their hope for the future, issues related to the border crossing of transgender people and the frictions and potential alliances between the Russian and Ukrainian LGBTQI movements.
Brexit and the practice of citizenship – with Djordje Sredanovic (S3 E3)
To mark the 6th anniversary of the 2016 Brexit referendum we spoke with Dr Djordje Sredanovic (Free University of Brussels), author of Implementing Citizenship, Nationality and Integration. In this analysis, Sredanovic compares and contrasts the experiences of citizenship and integration policies in the UK and Belgium. In-depth interviews with officials show both the everyday application of approaches to citizenship and integration, and their evolution in recent years.
Transnational politics and 'The Ethics of Exile' – with Ashwini Vasanthakumar (S3 E2)
This episode explores transnational political mobilisation by migrant communities. Catherine Craven (Research Fellow on the MIGZEN project) speaks to Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Associate Professor at Queen’s University, Canada), about her recently published book The Ethics of Exile: A Political Theory of Diaspora, which explores the normative and political agency of exiles.
In their conversation, Ashwini and Catherine discuss the importance of thinking of migrants and members of exile communities as powerful actors in international politics. They talk about the ways in which exiles – and diaspora communities in general – have the power to affect change, both ‘at home’ and ‘abroad’, and about the ways in which they might contribute to creating a more equal and just world. They agree that, despite the significant challenges that exiles face as they navigate complex political environments at the local, national and international level - including the risk of co-optation by powerful state and non-state actors - hope is nevertheless warranted!
Visual Methodologies in Migration Studies – with Karolina Nikielska-Sekula & Amandine Desille (S3 E1)
In this new episode, Dr Stefano Piemontese, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at IRiS, speaks with Dr Karolina Nikielska-Sekula (Jagiellonian University, Krakow) and Dr Amandine Desille (University of Bordeaux) about their co-edited book "Visual Methodology in Migration Studies. New Possibilities, Theoretical Implications, and Ethical Questions", published in Summer 2021 in the Springer IMISCOE Research series. 📕 The book is available open access at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-67608-7
Climate diplomacy and international migration - with Sarah Louise Nash (S2 E9)
To mark 2021 International Migrants Day, we are releasing a new episode of Conversations with IRiS (#CWI29) dedicated to understanding the policy encounter between climate change and international migration, how it began, who was involved and where it is heading. Professor Nando Sigona, Director of IRiS, speaks with Dr Sarah Louise Nash, author of "Negotiating Migration in the Context of Climate Change", published by Bristol University Press.
Citizenship and belonging: Generation 2.0 in Greece – with Natani Petros (S2 E8)
Anna Papoutsi talks to Natani Petros about identity and belonging among second generation individuals of African decent in Athens (Greece). We discuss the experience of growing up under a citizenship regime that is based on jus sanguinis, meaning that nationality is determined by the nationality of the parents and not the place of birth (jus soli). While born and raised in Greece, children of African migrants had until recently no access to citizenship. Even today many of them still practically have no way of becoming citizens, while their sense of belonging is further curtailed by narrow and racialised understandings of Greekness. In our discussion we draw on the work of the grassroots organisation ‘Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity’, who led the campaign for the right to citizenship for the second generation. Natani Petros is the Diversity Network Officer at Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity. She is of Ethiopian origin and was born and raised in Athens. Her work now focuses on diversity and inclusion, campaigning for racial injustice in Greece.
Indigenous migration in Mexico, Guatemala and the USA – with Valentina Glockner & Walter G. Flores (S2 E7)
In this episode of Conversations with Iris we examine the unresearched phenomenon of indigenous migration with a focus on Guatemala, Mexico and the US diaspora. Despite the heterogeneity of indigenous populations in terms of language culture, age, gender and family make-up, they often face a range of specific vulnerabilities on the move. The challenges they meet both on their journey and once they settle are significant. They include gender-based violence, human trafficking, racism and language barriers that undermine their rights and due process. Indigenous populations in Central America are at risk of displacement owing to range of factors, including climate change and environmental degradation alongside extreme poverty, lack of socio-economic opportunity and violence.
In this conversation, Dr Jennifer Allsopp talks to Dr Walter Flores and Professor Valentina Glockner, Co-Investigators on the GCRF funded Life Facing Deportation project about recent trends in indigenous migration. Together, they discuss the need for a localized and global response to rights literacy for indigenous people on the move.
Migration governance beyond the state – with Andrew Geddes (S2 E6)
In the new episode of Conversations with Iris, Nando Sigona talks with professor Andrew Geddes, director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, about his recent book 'Governing migration beyond the state' (Oxford University Press). The conversation explores the role of regional actors in migration governance and how responses to mobility are negotiated across different national, international and regional actors, including the private sector.
Tech at the border – with Millie Graham Wood (S2 E5)
Local and international travel is changing radically as concerns about terrorism and migration increase. Security agencies require access to travellers’ information before they leave their homes, compulsory identification of travellers now includes the collection of fingerprints and facial images, and secret watchlists, dossiers and profiles are being developed. Nando Sigona talks to Millie Graham Wood of Privacy International to find out about the risks of digital bordering for migrants and refugees.
LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in the UK in times of COVID-19 – with Laurie Hartley (S2 E4)
The New Plan for Immigration in the UK: Asylum under threat – with Zoe Gardner (S2 E3)
Racism in healthcare – with Sarah Hamed & Suruchi Thapar-Bjorker (S2 E2)
The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ people in Europe and Central Asia – with Akram Kubanychbekov & Cianán Russell (S2 E1)
Political demography, Brexit and the borders of membership – with Adrian Favell (S1 E17)
Migrant caravans in Central America: violence, borders & COVID-19 – In conversation with Brenda Ochoa (S1 E16)
Racism, migration and the US election – In conversation with Chip Gallagher (S1 E15)
Trump, COVID-19 and the fragility of migrant lives – In conversation with Cecilia Menjívar (S1 E14)
Race, gender and the politics of lockdown in Brazil – In conversation with Josiane Silva de Oliveira (S1 E13)
Everyday racism and community organising – In conversation with Maureen Lewis (S1 E12)
Displaced SGBV survivors and COVID-19 – In conversation with Pip McKnight & Hana Leshaj (S1 E11)
Care workers our heroes: a double edged sword – In conversation with Nina Sahraoui & Sabrina Marchetti (S1 E10)
The exploitation of migrant agriculture workers in Italy – In conversation with Giuseppe Pugliese (S1 E9)
Community Sponsorship under lockdown – In conversation with Ruth Forecast & Sharon Baker (S1 E8)
Manus Island is the soul of the system – In conversation with Omid Tofighian (S1 E7)
In this episode Lyndsey Stonebridge talks with the political philosopher, Omid Tofighian, Boochani’s translator and collaborator. They examine how contemporary migration regimes can be described as an interlocking ‘Kyriarchal’ systems of domination and explore how creative writing can lead to new understandings of injustice and human rights. This is the reference to Itamar’s letter about Boochani mentioned in the video.