Refugee Festival : GRAMNet events

Published: 8 June 2015

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) are hosting a timetable of events for the Refugee Festival Scotland.

‌Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) are hosting a timetable of events for the Refugee Festival Scotland, which runs from 2 – 21 June.

Refugee Week runs from 15 - 21 June. 

This packed programme of events includes seminars, workshops, film screenings and visual arts. 

Everyone is welcome. 

To attend, please register at Eventbrite (unless stated otherwise). 


The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) – Defending Academic Freedom

Date: Monday 15 June
Time: 5.00 – 6.00pm
Venue The Forehall, Main Building, University of Glasgow

CARA has provided protection to ‘at-risk’ academics for over 80 years. This event will discuss CARA’s work assisting academics who, for reasons of persecution and conflict, are unable to continue their research in their countries of origin. The event will be a pre-launch of a new UofG CARA Research Fellowship. Speakers include current CARA scholars from Syria and the University’s Vice Principal Professor John Briggs and GRAMNet’s Professor Alison Phipps. All are very welcome.

GRAMNet Research Open Day

Date: Wednesday 17 June
Time: 12.30 – 4.00pm
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building, Basement Seminar Room, University of Glasgow

GRAMNet presents its annual research open day, showcasing some of the diverse research carried out by GRAMNet and the network’s partners. This will take the format of presentations from research staff and current students, as well as a session for poster presentations. Everyone welcome. Catering will be provided.

‘Expensive, Ineffective and Unjust’: Challenging Immigration Detention

Date: Wednesday 17 June
Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow

Presented by Scottish Detainee Visitors and GRAMNet

This year, a report of the Parliamentary Inquiry on ‘The Use of Immigration Detention in the UK’ stated that the current detention system is “expensive, ineffective and unjust”.  What are the alternatives? Join this timely debate on the future of immigration detention.

Donations welcome.  

GRAMNet Film Series

Date: Wednesday 17 June
Time: 5.30pm doors for 6.00pm start
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

The Faces of Our European Cities: Stories of Migration Past and Present

Face2Face: Czech Republic, UK, Italy, Spain (2014)

A View From Here

Basharat Khan/Scottish Refugee Council: Scotland (2014)

A double bill of two powerful and insightful documentaries – one reflecting the experiences of migrants living in Europe (The Faces of Our European Cities) and the other documenting the heritage of refugees and local people living in some of Glasgow’s soon to be demolished high rise flats (A View from Here).

The screening is free of charge and everyone is welcome.  To guarantee a seat, tickets can be booked by visiting the CCA website:  Tickets must be collected from the CCA Box Office by 5.45pm, otherwise they will be released back into the system.

The Power of Procedure and Moving Across Borders

Date: Thursday 18 June
Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Venue:  The Gloag Room, School of Law, 5 The Square, University of Glasgow

Professor Jill Family of Widener University, USA, known internationally for her work in immigration law, gives a talk on access to justice for refugees both in the U.S. and the UK. She will discuss barriers to access in both countries and why access is so important.

If you would like to attend, please register on our Eventbrite site.

Rights, Dignity, Protection and Schools

Date: Friday 19 June
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Room 432, St Andrew’s Bulding, Eldon Street, University of Glasgow

Teachers and other education professionals are invited to discuss working with unaccompanied young asylum seekers/refugees in schools and colleges and share experiences, strategies, ideas and resources (past, present and “in the making”) on how to best enable and support young people to reach their potential.

Booking essential.  To book visit Eventbrite.  

First published: 8 June 2015

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