The purpose of the Lab is three-fold:

1) to secure an inclusive and all-encompassing research environment for U of G scholars working on the theme of migration and displacement in arts and humanities, with the breadth and diversity of knowledge to explore what is likely to be one of the defining issues of our era;

2) to demonstrate institutional support crucial for applications when major research and knowledge exchange grants on this theme are concerned;

3) to enrich the existing research environment in migration studies and enable a more robust peer-review process for work-in-progress via the activation of Aroba Glasgow-based platform.

2020 Events

Reflecting on the film Britain on Film: Welcome to Britain (2019)

When: 4 Feb 2020, 5.30-7.30 (tea and biscuits from 5.00)

Where: Kelvinhall Lecture Theatre

Description: This compilation of footage portrays a range of experiences of people coming to England from 1902-1991. What emerges from these incredibly valuable films is a picture of a country in flux as a century of conflict, the end of Empire and the forces of globalisation challenged geographical boundaries. See Basque families fleeing the Spanish Civil War arrive in Southampton; Vietnamese children find sanctuary in Birmingham; a Jewish family escape the pogroms of pre-war Romania for a Derby suburb. Witness early multi-culturalism in London and Manchester, the stories of second generation immigrants amid racism and rioting in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the traditions, restrictions and comforts of immigrant communities.

The film, lasting eighty four minutes, will be introduced by Dr Emily Munro from National Library of Scotland/Moving Image Archive. In our post-screening discussion, Tanveer Parnez of BEMIS Scotland will share her experience of working with and for ethnic minorities in Scotland. All are welcome to join and contribute to the post-screening discussion. 

 The trailer can be watched here: https://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/films/britain-on-film-welcome-to-britain/

This event is free of charge but because of a limited number of places for this event and catering purposes please confirm your attendance by RVSP to mirna.solic@glasgow.ac.uk

2019 Events

Let's get inspired! Mixing traditions and experiences at Christmas season in Scotland

Screening of Points of Arrival (dir. Chris Leslie, 3 min.) and Wigilia (dir. Graham Drysdale, 2016, 70 min.)

When: 12 December 2019, 13:00-15:00, including light lunch (12.30)

Where: 711 Adam Smith Building

Description: We begin our event with recorded memories of 95-year old Henry Wuga (as one of the stories featured in Points of Arrival), an outspoken campaigner for social justice and mutual understanding, who speaks regularly at schools and public events in the UK and in Germany. Arriving in Scotland as a teenage refugee from Nazi Germany, Henry went to school in Glasgow and afterwards began a successful career as a caterer. In telling his story, Henry draws unavoidable parallels with the lives and situations of contemporary refugees.

With its melancholy beginning but an uplifting end, Wigilia (Veegheelya), depicts a traditional Polish Christmas Eve celebration meal in a Scottish setting. The film shot in Glasgow on a micro budget, features Duglas T. Stewart, founder of BMX Bandits - Glasgow musical icons - and Kurt Cobains' other favourite band. The main character, Agata, is played by Iwona Głowińska. But if you expect a traditional clash of cultures, you are up to a big surprise as the film story challenges classical stereotypes and assumptions we all too often make about newly met strangers who come from other cultures than our own. 

Following the request of the film’s director and producer, the screening fee will be donated to Bread Over Bombs, a charity organisation providing emergency food to people in crisis (http://www.breadoverbombs.org/).

Join us for a light lunch, the screenings and a post-screening discussion! Contact mirna.solic@glasgow.ac.uk



Let’s Get Involved: Scotland and Migration

When: 14 November 2019, 13:00-15:00

Where: Main Building, Room 132

We are delighted to host a talk by Dr Rami Ousta, Chief Executive Officer of BEMIS (https://bemis.org.uk/), the national ethnic minorities led umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the communities that this sector represents. Dr Ousta will introduce the work of BEMIS, in particular its important role in supporting different artistic initiatives across Glasgow and Scotland, including its bespoke film series on the theme of migration, inclusivity, and human rights, participation of artists in music festivals, as well as numerous multicultural community-based events across Glasgow and Scotland. We will also use this opportunity in order to explore how activities of BEMIS could benefit young people of Scotland studying at the University of Glasgow, especially in the light of the recently announced initiative supported by the College of Arts called ‘dissertation with placement,’ which basically means writing an UG thesis in connection with an outside trustworthy institution whose work offers an interesting opportunity to explore the selected subject and establish closer links with view of prospective employment/internship or further research in the sector. Dr Ousta’s talk will be followed by a BEMIS-commissioned short film Welcome to Scotland. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be provided


Title: Meeting Points: Migration and Displacement across Arts and Humanities

When/Where: 8 May 2019, Wolfson Medical Bldg, Gannochy Seminar Room 3

Description: Symposium with contributions from colleagues at the Universities of Glasgow, Gloucester, and Lisbon, and from non-academic organisations (Legal Aliens, London). Professor Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick/University of Glasgow) introduced the event and Professor Thomas Beebee (The Pennsylvania State University) led the concluding discussion. You can also download the Meeting Points Programme and Report.

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