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Visiting scholars

The Centre for Global Migrations Research Theme hosts an annual Visiting Scholar. In 2019, we also hosted the University of Otago's De Carle Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Alison Phipps.

Details of our Visiting Scholars and De Carle Distinguished Lecturer can be found below.

2020 Visiting Lecturer

Professor Sara Kindon, Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Kindon is a Professor in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include refugee resettlement and migration. She will visit Dunedin twice during her time as the 2020 Visiting Lecturer, working with Dr Vivienne Anderson to co-author a journal article on advocacy research with refugee-background students in tertiary education, and providing public talks and an advocacy workshop.

The Centre for Global Migrations is co-hosting the following public talks in relation to Professor Kindon's visits:

Friday 11 December 2020, 12.30pm: Public Lecture on Feeling into Refugee Resettlement in Aotearoa New Zealand (Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library)

Monday 14 December 2020, 12.30pm: Public Lecture on Forced Migration and Resettlement (Dunedin Public Art Gallery)

2019 Visiting Lecturer (postponed)

Professor Ma. Reinaruth D. Carlos, Ryukoku University, Japan

Professor Carlos is is Professor of Economics in the Faculty of International Studies in Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan. She has expertise in labour migration, especially the migration of health workers. During her time at Otago, she will be further developing her collaborative research with Dr Arlene Ozanne to develop publications and funding applications that explore overseas-educated nurses in elderly care facilities.

The Centre for Global Migrations is sponsoring the following events in relation to Dr Carlos's visit:

Wednesday 18 March 2020, 12pm: Public Lecture 'Skills on the Move: Deskilling, Up-skilling and Reskilling in Labour Migration' (Hunter Centre).

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 12pm: Workshop 'For whose care? A multidisciplinary workshop on overseas educated nurses in New Zealand's elderly care sector'.

2019 De Carle Distinguished Lecturer

Professor Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Professor Phipps is the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, where she is also Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convenor of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet). She is the author of numerous books and articles and is a regular international keynote speaker and broadcast and writes regularly for the national Scottish broadsheet press.

As part of her De Carle Distinguished Lecturership at Otago, Professor Phipps will present 8 public talks and run several workshops in conjunction with the Centre for Global Migrations.

Tuesday 30 July 2019, 12.30pm-1.30pm: Public Lecture on Arts-based methods and cultural approaches in refugee integration (Dunedin Public Art Gallery); co-hosted with the School of Performing Arts.

Wednesday 7 August 2019, 5.30pm-6.30pm: Public Lecture on Ceremonial and spiritual reflections on creativity and reconciliation in integration (Moot Court, Richardson Building, University campus); co-hosted with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Theology Programme.

Monday 12 August 2019, 5.30pm-6.30pm: Public Lecture on Destitution, deportation and their consequences: Considerations from Law and Langauge (Moot Court, Richardson Building, University campus); co-hosted with the Faculty of Law.

Tuesday 13 August 2019, 7.30pm-9pm: Public Lecture on Refugee integration and the arts of hospitality (Mornington Methodist Church); co-hosted with the Mornington Methodist Church and the Dunedin Interfaith Council.

Wednesday 21 August 2019, 3.30pm-4.30pm: Public Lecture on Rent and refuge: Scotland's street-wise history of sanctuary and solidarity (Burns 5 Lecture Theatre, University campus); co-hosted with the History programme and the Politics programme.

Friday 6 September 2019, 12pm-1pm: Public Lecture on Researching multilingually with displaced peoples (Burns 7 Lecture Theatre, University Campus); co-hosted with the Languages and Cultures programme and English Language Partners.

Thursday 28 November 2019, 5.15pm: Public Lecture on Idioms of distress: Wellbeing and resilience in displaced peoples, refugee populations and global mental health (Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University campus); co-hosted with Centre for International Health, Dunedin School of Medicine and the Otago Medical School.

Thursday 5 December 2019, 5.30pm: Public Lecture on The well in welcome, co-hosted with Victoria University of Wellington.

In addition, Professor Phipps participated in the following public conversations:

Wednesday 29 January 2020, 7.30pm: Conversation with Revd Dr Matheson (Mornington Methodist Church).

Friday 7 February 2020, 7pm: Conversation with Behrouz Boochani (Mornington Methodist Church).

2018 Visiting Lecturer

Dr Tiffany Cone, Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

Dr Cone is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She will be working with Global Migrations member Dr Vivienne Anderson at the Higher Education Development Centre on a collaborative research project titled 'Rethinking the internationalisation of higher education through attention to women’s study narratives in Bangladesh and New Zealand'. 

The AUW is home to approximately 700 young women from 15 different countries throughout Asia including Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and China. The broader collaboration therefore offers an opportunity for staff and students at the University of Otago to learn from the experiences of staff at a higher education institution which has long provided education to women who have experienced war, displacement and trauma. Moreover, it will contribute to knowledge about the changing patterns of educational migration within Asia, offering insights into the impact of these changes for New Zealand.

Global Migrations is sponsoring the following events in relation to Dr Cone's visit:

Monday 30 July 2018, 9.30am-1.30pm: Workshop on 'What does higher education internationalisation have to do with refugee resettlement?'

Thursday 2 August 2018, 12.30pm-1.30pm: Public lecture 'Voices from Asia: Narratives of migrant and refugee women in higher education (Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin City Library).

You can read more about Dr Cone and Dr Anderson's research in this article from the Otago Daily Times.

2017 Visiting Lecturer

Dr Yassir Morsi, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Yassir Morsi completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in Political Science and Islamic Studies. He looked at contemporary liberal thought and its dealing of the 'Muslim Question'.

Dr Morsi is a columnist for the Guardian Australia and author of Radical Skin, Moderate Masks. He is currently a lecturer at La Trobe University in the Politics and Philosophy department.

Global Migrations is sponsoring the following events in relation to Dr Morsi's visit:

  • Thursday 29 June 2017, 12.30pm-1.30pm at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Visiting Scholar Lecture: 'Muslims "belonging" to Muslims "becoming". Free event.
  • Friday 30 June 2017, 10am-noon: Workshop for Global Migrations members on migrant narratives.
  • Sunday 2 July 2017, a talk as part of the Otago Foreign Policy School (30 June-2 July 2017).