On this page, you can find information about upcoming or past events organised by AMMODI.


1st AMMODI Key Note

Thursday 17 June 12-13.15 CEST

1st Key Note transcript available here:

About Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola is an independent writer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society. She holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in African Studies and an MSc in Forced Migration, both from the University of Oxford, as well as a JD from Harvard Law School. She has held numerous research associate positions including with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and other institutions, while also working as a research lead for several projects on human rights broadly and digital rights specifically around the world. She has been published in several academic journals including the African Security Review and the Women’s Studies Quarterly, and contributed to numerous edited collections. Nanjala also writes commentary for publications like The Nation, Al Jazeera, The Boston Review and others. She is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).

AMMODI Annual Network Meeting

Thursday 17 June, 13.15-14

The annual AMMODI meeting will follow after Nanjala Nyabola’s lecture. The meeting link is as follows:

https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69156940340, Meeting ID: 691 5694 0340

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 – 10Welcome and introduction by Jesper and Franzisca
10 – 12.30
10 –10.45Keynote: Oliver Bakewell, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
10.45 – 11Coffee 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 – 12.30Discussion
12.30 – 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 16.30
13.30 – 14.15Keynote: 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 – 15Discussion
15 – 15.15Coffee 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 – 16.30Discussion
16.30 – 17.30Strategic discussion: Purpose, potential, and format of AMMODI
 Wrap up of the day

Day 2: Sunday 23 September

9.30 – 9.45Recap by Jesper and Franzisca
09.45 – 12.30
9.45 – 10.30Keynote: Amanda Hammar, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen
10.30 – 10.45Coffee 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 – 13Lunch
13 – 14Breakout sessions: Fieldnotes, Research notes, and Policy notes
14 – 14.30Next steps
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