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Inaugural AMMODI Workshop

Uppsala 22-23 September 2018


The CRG on African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI) is proud to welcome an impressive and wide-ranging selection of participants to our inaugural workshop in Uppsala. Our overall intentions with this meeting are to collectively discuss and refine the conceptual premise of the CRG; the potential uses of the CRG; as well as potential synergies among the workshop participants.

The two-day workshop will be divided into the three thematic blocks related to the CRG’s guiding concepts – mobility, migration and displacement. Each block will include one key-note introduction to the theme; a selection of paper presentations from CRG members; and plenty of room for discussion. The main purpose of the paper presentations during the workshop is introduce the participants’ research interests and to inspire reflections relevant to the three guiding concepts. In the spirit of working towards collaborations between members, the presentations should generally be forward-looking, and not dwell too much on research that is already finalised. Since we do not expect full conference papers, but rather brief reflection pieces to inform our collective reflection, each presentation should be limited to 10 minutes.

An additional concluding block will be dedicated to exploring the conceptual boundaries and overlaps between migration, displacement and mobility, and discussing the relevance and applicability of these concepts in relation to three different perspectives. Inspired by the AMMODI blog a number of breakout sessions will take place, these perspectives are articulated as “Fieldnotes” – focussing on the methodological and ethical aspects of data collection and representation; “Research notes” – encouraging more conceptual and theoretically oriented reflections; and “Policy notes” – reflecting more explicitly on how academic research may engage with policy thinking and implementation.

Both days of the workshop will end with plenary reflections on how best to make use of the CRG, and on the more specific goals and initiatives that we wish to pursue in the immediate future. If you have any further suggestions please do let us know. We look forward to seeing and meeting you in Uppsala!


Provisional programme 


Day 1: Saturday 22 September

9.30 – 10 Welcome and introduction by Jesper and Franzisca
10 – 12.30
10 –10.45 Keynote: Oliver Bakewell, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
10.45 – 11 Coffee break
11 – 11.15 “Migration, Mobility and Displacement: Agriculture In and Around Refugee Camps of Western Tanzania”, Clayton Boeyink, International Development, University of Edinburgh
11.15 – 11.30 “Taming Wilderness – Controlling Nature and People. Migration and (Re-) Settlement in Western Tanzania”, Nicole Wiederroth, University of Hamburg
11.30 – 11.45 “Circular migration between Niger and Libya. Forced return, displacements and translocality across the Sahara desert”, Oriol Puig Cepero, Universitat de Barcelona
11.45 – 12.30 Discussion
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 16.30
13.30 – 14.15 Keynote: Nauja KleistDanish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
14.15 – 14.30 “Transnational mothering, patterns and strategies of care-giving by Zimbabwean domestic workers in Botswana: A multi-sited approach”, Joyce Takaindisa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
14.30 – 14.45 “‘I have had it both ways’: Mobility, transnational lives and the third space subjectivities of British Nigerian girls”, Pamela Kea, University of Sussex
14.45 – 15 Discussion
15 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 15.30  “Life B and the productions of mobilities (from) inside Uganda’s “refugee capital city””, Jolien Tegenbos, Ghent University
15.30 – 15.45  “Africanizing Mobility Studies – Mobilising African Studies: bringing two transdisciplinary fields into closer dialogue” Birgit Englert, University of Vienna
15.45 – 16.30 Discussion
16.30 – 17.30 Strategic discussion: Purpose, potential, and format of AMMODI
  Wrap up of the day


Day 2: Sunday 23 September

9.30 – 9.45 Recap by Jesper and Franzisca
09.45 – 12.30
9.45 – 10.30 Keynote: Amanda Hammar, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 11 “‘Right now, I don’t know what the future might bring’ – Emotions and Mobility in the Burundian crisis”, Simon TurnerUniversity of Copenhagen
11 – 11.15 “Proposed relevant Guiding Concept: Displacement”, Claire Walked, University of Oxford
11.15 – 11.30 “Tracing legacies of conflict: (Children of) Burundian migrants and refugees navigating identity and civic participation in Belgium and the Netherlands”, Lidewyde Berckmoes, NSCR Research Institute Amsterdam & University of Amsterdam
11.30 – 12  Discussion
12 – 13 Lunch
13 – 14 Breakout sessions: Fieldnotes, Research notes, and Policy notes
14 – 14.30 Next steps


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