MRU Student Conference 2015


– ‘Mobile Identities? Perspectives on Gender and Migration’ –


5th June 2015, 9am – 6pm

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The complexities at the intersection of gender and migration are coming to the fore, from female migrant domestic workers fighting for their rights to the discrimination of homosexual and trans-gender migrants. The challenges posed to traditional conceptions of gender patterns and roles in human mobility necessitate constructive discussion.
At the 4th annual UCL Migration Research Unit Student Conference, postgraduates from a wide range of disciplines will share their research and contribute to key debates in contemporary migration studies. Topics will include the place of LGBTQI migrants in the asylum system, and the intersectionality reflected in migrant activism.
The conference will conclude with keynote speaker Zrinka Bralo, director of the Womens’ Refugee Commission. A journalist, campaigner for refugee rights and founder of the Women on the Move Award, Zrinka Bralo will share her perspectives on gendered debates central to migration studies today.


Photo credit: Jana Ciernioch

 ‘Socially ascribed gender roles are bound to be redefined in transnational families.’ 
Giulia Sinetti

‘Migrant women can be exposed to particular and particularly intense patterns of exploitation.’ 
Thanh-Dam Truong, Des Gaspers and Jeff Handmaker 

‘There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; […] identity is performatively constituted by the very “expressions” that are said to be its results.’ 
Judith Butler