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RI to Host Two International Scholars in Michaelmas 2010

Date: 23 September 2010

The Institute is delighted to be hosting two leading international scholars during October - Professor Linda Briskman (Curtin University, Australia) and Associate Professor Alison Mountz (Syracuse, New York).

The schedule of events during their visit is:

Monday 18th October: Public Lecture - Associate Professor Alison Mountz, Syracuse University: "Ontologies of exclusion: islands as detention archipelago," 6.00-7.30pm, Management School, Lecture Theatre 8.

Bio: Associate Professor Alison Mountz is Associate Professor at Syracuse University in New York and was recently a William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard University. Alison is a political geographer working on transnational migration, asylum seekers and refugees, and border governance. Her new book, Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press), explores encounters between authorities and undocumented migrants. She has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Canadian Embassy and was recently awarded a five year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (USA) to study island detention centres off the shores of North America, Europe, and Australia.

*lecture held in conjunction with funding from the FASS Visiting Scholars Fund, the Richardson Institute, the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and CeMoRe.


Wednesday 20th October, Workshop with Professor Linda Briskman and Associate Professor Alison Mountz

'Forced Migration: Challenges and Prospects in the Current Global Context' 1.00pm-5.30pm, IAS MR1.

Places are strictly limited so please email Vicky Mason at v.mason@lancs.ac.uk if you would like to reserve a place.

*workshop being held in conjunction with funding from the FASS Visiting Scholars Fund, the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and CeMoRe.


Thursday 21st October: Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture

Professor Linda Briskman, Curtin University Australia: "Banishment at the border: Retreating from human rights". 6.00-7.30pm, Franklin LT, Faraday.

Professor Linda Briskman is the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University in Perth Australia. Her practice, policy and research interests are in the field of asylum seeker rights and Indigenous rights and she publishes widely in these areas. From July-September she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Refugee Studies at Oxford University. Her co-authored 'Human rights overboard: Seeking asylum in Australia' won the Australian Human Rights Commission award for literature in 2008.

The Annual Peace Lecture is free and all are welcome

For further details contact Vicky Mason: v.mason@lancs.ac.uk


Further information

Associated staff: Victoria Mason

Associated departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR, Richardson Institute for Peace Studies


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