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Conversations with Iris: Podcast series on migration, diversity and displacement

Conversations with Iris: Podcast series on migration, diversity and displacement

By IRIS, University of Birmingham, UK

“Conversations with Iris” is a podcast series on migration, diversity and displacement hosted by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, UK. In our Conversations, we dialogue with researchers, teachers, writers, migrants, refugees, activists, community organisers, artists and policymakers on issues related to migration and diversity. The series is edited and produced by Stefano Piemontese and Nando Sigona and is also available as Zoomcast on www.youtube.com/ConversationswithIris
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Encountering Migration: Worlds Within and Worlds Without – with Michael Jackson (S4 E1)

Conversations with Iris: Podcast series on migration, diversity and displacementJan 25, 2023

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Connected people: migration, social difference and colonial legacies - with Angelo Martins Junior (S4 E3)

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.

May 22, 202335:56
Temporalities of forced immobility – with Inka Stock (S4 E2)

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.

Mar 28, 202326:56
Encountering Migration: Worlds Within and Worlds Without – with Michael Jackson (S4 E1)

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.

Jan 25, 202358:27
Collaborating with research assistants in Afghanistan – with Meena Sadr & Hannah Pool (S3 E5)

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.

Nov 07, 202222:44
Queer resistance and solidarity in wartime Ukraine – with Zhenya Tramvay Yevhen Trachuk (S3 E4)

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.

Jul 12, 202222:05
Brexit and the practice of citizenship – with Djordje Sredanovic (S3 E3)

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.

Jun 24, 202233:28
Transnational politics and 'The Ethics of Exile' – with Ashwini Vasanthakumar (S3 E2)

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!

Feb 11, 202230:41
Visual Methodologies in Migration Studies – with Karolina Nikielska-Sekula & Amandine Desille (S3 E1)

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

Jan 23, 202230:05
Climate diplomacy and international migration - with Sarah Louise Nash (S2 E9)

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.

Dec 16, 202121:56
Citizenship and belonging: Generation 2.0 in Greece – with Natani Petros (S2 E8)

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.

Dec 01, 202120:15
Indigenous migration in Mexico, Guatemala and the USA – with Valentina Glockner & Walter G. Flores (S2 E7)
Oct 10, 202122:46
Migration governance beyond the state – with Andrew Geddes (S2 E6)

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.

Sep 09, 202131:03
Tech at the border – with Millie Graham Wood (S2 E5)

Tech at the border – with Millie Graham Wood (S2 E5)

When travelling across the world, people are being subjected to multiple forms of tracking and profiling by unaccountable state agencies.
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.
Jun 30, 202117:01
LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in the UK in times of COVID-19 – with Laurie Hartley (S2 E4)

LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in the UK in times of COVID-19 – with Laurie Hartley (S2 E4)

Laurie Hartley, Asylum Seeker Support Worker at Rainbow Migration (previously known as UKLGIG), speaks to IRiS academic Dawn River about the experiences of LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in the UK.
Jun 22, 202134:27
The New Plan for Immigration in the UK: Asylum under threat – with Zoe Gardner (S2 E3)

The New Plan for Immigration in the UK: Asylum under threat – with Zoe Gardner (S2 E3)

IRiS Director Professor Nando Sigona is joined by Zoe Gardner, Policy Advisor with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) to discuss the UK’s new plan for immigration.
Jun 11, 202124:38
 Racism in healthcare – with Sarah Hamed & Suruchi Thapar-Bjorker (S2 E2)

Racism in healthcare – with Sarah Hamed & Suruchi Thapar-Bjorker (S2 E2)

Sarah Hamed, dentist and PhD researcher at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University and Dr Suruchi Thapar-Bjorkert, docent and senior researcher at the Department of Government at Uppsala, discuss with Professor Jenny Phillimore from IRiS on findings from an interdisciplinary project looking at understanding racism and healthcare.
Jan 26, 202122:19
The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ people in Europe and Central Asia – with Akram Kubanychbekov & Cianán Russell (S2 E1)

The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ people in Europe and Central Asia – with Akram Kubanychbekov & Cianán Russell (S2 E1)

ILGA-Europe staff Akram Kubanychbekov and Cianán Russell speak with Dawn River from IRiS. Their research reveals there have been significant impacts on the health, socioeconomic security, and physical security of LGBTIQ individuals, as well as impacts on the function and funding of LGBTIQ organisations.
Jan 19, 202142:55
Political demography, Brexit and the borders of membership – with Adrian Favell (S1 E17)

Political demography, Brexit and the borders of membership – with Adrian Favell (S1 E17)

How has Brexit redrawn the boundaries of membership in the UK? IRiS Director Nando Sigona talks to Professor Adrian Favell about the ESRC-funded Northern Exposure project on the impact of Brexit on northern towns and small cities, and how the end of freedom of movement doesn’t mean less immigration, but immigration with less rights and protections.
Nov 19, 202040:40
Migrant caravans in Central America: violence, borders & COVID-19 – In conversation with Brenda Ochoa (S1 E16)

Migrant caravans in Central America: violence, borders & COVID-19 – In conversation with Brenda Ochoa (S1 E16)

IRiS researcher Dr Marisol Reyes talks to Brenda Ochoa, Director of the NGO Human Rights Centre Fray Matias de Cordova AC, on the effects of border closure at the Guatemala and Mexico border on Central American migrant caravans in the context of Covid-19 public health crisis.
Nov 05, 202020:55
Racism, migration and the US election – In conversation with Chip Gallagher (S1 E15)

Racism, migration and the US election – In conversation with Chip Gallagher (S1 E15)

Jenny Phillimore talks to Chip Gallagher (LaSalle University, US) about immigration and racism and how they are shaping voting behaviours in the US Election as well as the prospects for change with the election of a Biden/Harris-led government. Chip Gallagher is Professor of Sociology at LaSalle University, US. His research focuses on social inequality, race relations, whiteness and immigration, and he has published over 50 articles, reviews and books on these topics. As a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in 2016-17, Gallagher researched attitudes on immigration and Brexit.
Oct 26, 202021:56
Trump, COVID-19 and the fragility of migrant lives – In conversation with Cecilia Menjívar (S1 E14)

Trump, COVID-19 and the fragility of migrant lives – In conversation with Cecilia Menjívar (S1 E14)

Prof Nando Sigona, Director of IRiS, dialogues with Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology at UCLA and President-Elect of the American Sociological Association- ASA on the impact of the Trump administration and COVI-19 on migrant lives.
Sep 29, 202032:38
Race, gender and the politics of lockdown in Brazil – In conversation with Josiane Silva de Oliveira (S1 E13)

Race, gender and the politics of lockdown in Brazil – In conversation with Josiane Silva de Oliveira (S1 E13)

[Conversation in Portuguese] Dr Andrea Poleto Oltramari (Visiting Fellow at IRiS) and Dr Josiane Silva de Oliveira discuss the racialised and gendered effects of Covid-19 in Brazil.
Sep 12, 202026:16
Everyday racism and community organising – In conversation with Maureen Lewis (S1 E12)

Everyday racism and community organising – In conversation with Maureen Lewis (S1 E12)

IRiS Researcher Laurence Lessard-Phillips, talks to Maureen Lewis, Chief Officer of Walsall Black Sisters Collective and Advisory Board member of Walsall for All. They discuss Maureen’s important work, the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of learning from our collective history.
Jul 22, 202018:30
Displaced SGBV survivors and COVID-19 – In conversation with Pip McKnight & Hana Leshaj (S1 E11)

Displaced SGBV survivors and COVID-19 – In conversation with Pip McKnight & Hana Leshaj (S1 E11)

Sandra Pertek, IRiS Researcher, speaks to Pip McKnight of Refugee Women Connect and Hana Leshaj, asylum seeker based in Liverpool and member of Refugee Women Connect Advocacy Group, about the deteriorating reality post COVID-19 for migrants and asylum seekers in the UK, at the time of easing lockdown restrictions.
Jul 16, 202015:59
Care workers our heroes: a double edged sword – In conversation with Nina Sahraoui & Sabrina Marchetti (S1 E10)

Care workers our heroes: a double edged sword – In conversation with Nina Sahraoui & Sabrina Marchetti (S1 E10)

IRiS Researchers, Annavittoria Sarli and Natasha Nicholls talk to Nina Sahraoui from the Paris Centre for Sociological and Political Research (CNRS) and Sabrina Marchetti from the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, specialists in the intersection of gender and migration.
Jul 08, 202016:52
The exploitation of migrant agriculture workers in Italy – In conversation with Giuseppe Pugliese (S1 E9)

The exploitation of migrant agriculture workers in Italy – In conversation with Giuseppe Pugliese (S1 E9)

[Conversation in Italian] IRiS Researcher, Annavittoria Sarli talks to Giuseppe Pugliese, an activist at SOS Rosarno, a civil society organisation that fights against the exploitation of agricultural workers, mostly migrants, in Italy.
Jun 26, 202020:22
Community Sponsorship under lockdown – In conversation with Ruth Forecast & Sharon Baker (S1 E8)

Community Sponsorship under lockdown – In conversation with Ruth Forecast & Sharon Baker (S1 E8)

Professor Jenny Phillimore talks to Ruth Forecast and Sharon Baker from the Malvern Welcomes Community Sponsorship Group. They discuss the challenges that refugee families and volunteers have faced in the time of Covid-19, including getting to grips with new technologies, supporting children with school work and enabling families to understand the regular Government updates and information. Find out more about the IRiS Community Sponsorship Scheme evaluation research in the UK.
Jun 22, 202013:18
Manus Island is the soul of the system – In conversation with Omid Tofighian (S1 E7)

Manus Island is the soul of the system – In conversation with Omid Tofighian (S1 E7)

In 2017, the Iranian-Kurdish writer, Behrouz Boochani, published an extraordinary book, “No Friend But the Mountains” which documented his life imprisoned in the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Combining political theory, myth, poetry, memoir, the book rises to the challenge of resisting oppression by creating a new literary form of knowledge. Written using phone text messaging, the text was also a work of interdisciplinary translation, collaboration, and imagination.
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.
Jun 18, 202015:09
The end of the “age of migration”? – In conversation with Alan Gamlen (S1 E6)

The end of the “age of migration”? – In conversation with Alan Gamlen (S1 E6)

In this episode, IRiS Director Professor Nando Sigona talks to Dr Alan Gamlen, Associate Professor of Geography at Monash University, Australia, founding editor-in-chief of the journal Migration Studies (OUP) and co-editor of the “Global Migration and Social Change” book series for Bristol University Press. Inspired by Alan Gamlen’s recent COMPAS Working Paper on migration and the pandemic, this conversation speculates on the impact of the pandemic on migration flows and governance and what we can expect for the future.
Jun 15, 202014:37
The impact of COVID-19 on migrant women in the UK – In conversation with Rubina Jasani (S1 E5)

The impact of COVID-19 on migrant women in the UK – In conversation with Rubina Jasani (S1 E5)

Dawn River, academic at IRiS talks to Dr Rubina Jasani, Programme Director for Global Health at The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in Manchester. Rubina has an interest in exploring people’s lived experience of violence, displacement and identities; gender and sexuality; and suffering and healing. As a founding member of ‘No Recourse! Peer Research Project’ in partnership with WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together, Manchester) and serving on the Board of Directors of Safety4Sisters, Rubina has been committed, through the co-creation of knowledge, to challenging stereotypes, raising awareness and campaigning for fundamental rights for refugees and asylum seekers. Informed by her academic and political work and, in her own words, ‘the experience of being a brown Indian woman’, Rubina speaks about the impact Covid-19 is having on the lives of activists and refugee and migrant women in the UK.
Jun 12, 202014:48
A not sighted asylum seeker in Rome – In conversation with Melash Zeleke (S1 E4)

A not sighted asylum seeker in Rome – In conversation with Melash Zeleke (S1 E4)

Melash Zeleke is from Ethiopia and is a not sighted asylum seeker currently living in a reception centre in Rome, Italy. He tells Natasha Nicholls and Annavittoria Sarli (IRiS) about his story and his life.
Jun 08, 202014:18
Social justice and accountability in times of crisis – In conversation with Daniel Trilling (S1 E3)

Social justice and accountability in times of crisis – In conversation with Daniel Trilling (S1 E3)

In this episode, Lyndsey Stonebridge, professor of Humanities and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham, talks to Daniel Trilling, former editor of the New Humanist, journalist and author of Lights in the Distance. Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe (2018) and Bloody Nasty People. The Rise of Britain’s Far Right (2012).
Jun 01, 202013:45
Being a LGBTIQ asylum seeker in times of pandemic – In conversation with Espoir Njei (S1 E2)

Being a LGBTIQ asylum seeker in times of pandemic – In conversation with Espoir Njei (S1 E2)

This conversation between Espoir Njei and Dawn River took place one month into the coronavirus lockdown. They built a friendship through their shared commitment to supporting LGBTIQ migrants fleeing persecution. Espoir is a lesbian asylum seeker from the Cameroon currently in lockdown in Birmingham and Dawn is a queer academic at the University of Birmingham currently in lockdown in Germany.
May 14, 202013:31
The migrant city at the time of Covid-19 – In conversation with Les Back (S1 E1)

The migrant city at the time of Covid-19 – In conversation with Les Back (S1 E1)

Lyndsey Stonebridge, professor of humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham, dialogues with Les Back, professor of sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and recently co-author of “Migrant City” (Routledge 2018).
May 06, 202019:30