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Founding members

Paul V. Dudman (Coordinator)

Paul Dudman is the Archivist based within Library and Learning Services at the University of East London (UEL) and a convenor of IASFM Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration and Refugees. Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive, alongside three other archives at UEL, since November 2002. He has over a decade’s experience working within Higher Education archives and has postgraduate qualifications in Archives Administration (MSc.Econ) and Information and Library Studies (MSc.Econ). He has developed a Living Refugee Archive through working on a Civic Engagement project, entitled ‘Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion: Civic Engagement through the preservation of and Access to Refugee Archives’, at the University of East London. The project was built on his MA thesis and has engaged with refugee lived experience, unorthodox- history and oral narratives of refugees and migrants. Paul is now digitalising the archival materials and make accessible to refugee and migrants community. He also runs three other blogs and websites, including Refugee Research Blog and UEL Archives Portal , aimed at open access to refugee and migration related materials. Paul is a member of a range of professional bodies including the Archives and Records Association, the International Council on Archives, the British Records Association and is a Chartered member of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.   Full Profile.

Rumana Hashem, PhD (Co-coordinator)

Rumana is a co-convenor of the IASFM Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration and Refugees. She is an activist-sociologist and a post-doctoral associate, affiliated with the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. Her research is focused on four interrelated areas which include construction of identity and politics of belonging, discourse of ethnicity, race and class, narratives on gender and sexuality, migration and citizenship. Originally a rights activist and journalist from Bangladesh, Rumana has been a migrant and BAME women’s rights advocate in Europe for 16 years. In 2014 she completed a PhD at the University of East London, focusing on ‘Gender and Armed Conflict’, with a reference to the case of 13 minority communities in southeast Bangladesh where indigenous women faced unendurable sexualised violence and where Muslim-Bengali women collude ‘theirs’ men. In addition to teaching within the field of Ethnicity and Gender Studies, Sociology and Psycho-Social Studies, Rumana is currently engaged in migration research and in advocacy work for Black and Asian Minority Women in East London. In 2015, she has undertaken (with Paul Dudman and Thomas Shaw) a Civic Engagement project, entitled ‘Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion: Civic Engagement through the preservation of and Access to Refugee Archives’, at the University of East London. The research has acted as a pilot project to engage with refugees and local migrant-communities in London who told their lived experiences and life-history, which enabled to establish a Living Refugee Archive which promotes accessibility of and engagement with authentic history and oral narratives of refugees and migrants. Her book, titled Colonial Past, Bangladeshi Present and Collective Violence against Jummos: Narratives of Ethnicity, Class and Cultural Belongings. Dhaka: University Press Limited (2016), is forthcoming. Further details on her work can be accessed from Rumana’s Profile.

Dr Anita Fábos

Anita Fábos is an anthropologist who has worked with refugees and other forced migrants in urban settings in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Her scholarship and practice pursues a number of interconnected themes in the area of forced migration and refugee studies: how people make and transform ethnic and racial boundaries and boundary markers, people’s experiences of displacement and challenges to gender norms, historical shifts in citizenship and nationality laws, methods and ethics of research with hidden, vulnerable and mobile populations, transcultural social networks, and refugee narratives and representations. Formerly the Director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program at the American University in Cairo, and Programme Coordinator for the graduate program in Refugee Studies at the University of East London, Fábos has been involved in developing integrated teaching, research, and outreach programs that have incorporated refugee and forced migrant perspectives into collaborative work with scholars, practitioners, refugee organizations, policy makers, and international organizations. At Clark University, students in her classes have carried out community-based projects that have investigated refugee participation in community development initiatives, refugee access to higher education, refugee community oral history, and refugee livelihoods in Worcester. She is the author of Brothers or Others? Propriety and Gender for Muslim Arab Sudanese in Egypt (Berghahn, 2010) and co-editor (with Riina Isotalo) of Managing Muslim Mobilities: Between Spiritual Geographies and the Global Security Regime (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), as well as numerous articles.

Giorgia Doná

Giorgia is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the University of East London, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Her research focuses on forced migration and refugee movements, violence and society, child protection and psycho-social assistance, with a geographical focus on Central America and East Africa. She has held positions at the Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Programme, the Child Studies Unit of University College Cork, Ireland, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Giorgia has undertaken consultancy work for UNICEF, governments, and non-governmental organisations, and her research has been funded by, amongst others, the European Community, the Leverhulme Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the UK Department of Health. Giorgia was awarded the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2012 and was the recipient of the Leverhulme Fellowship for ‘Bystanders to Violence: Revisiting Genocide Narratives and Reconciliation Initiatives’ (2008 -2010). She is currently member of the Management Committee of the European funded Cooperation for Science and Technology Action 1206 “Femicide Across Europe’ (2013-2017).

Email:   g.dona@uel.ac.uk


Additional Members

Amadu Wurie Khan (PhD):

Amadu Khan is a career human rights activist, journalist and refugee academic living in the UK. His research portfolios, which include a PhD study, are in forced migration, citizenship and the news media. He is interested in forced migrants’ personal ‘lived’ experiences and stories of belonging, identity and integration, and how these are shaped by government policies and news media coverage. His human rights journalism include serving as the first ever editor of the Exiled Journalists’ News – UK and have contributed expert opinion on asylum-seeking migration, human rights and cultural diversity to various media outlets including BBC Newsnight, Cork FM96, the African Courier, the Scotsman and the Sunday Herald. He has also held research, editorial and capacity-building/training consultancies with international NGO’s including Amnesty International, Article 19, the then World Development Movement, and with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He is a founding member of the International Commission on Survivor Centered Disaster Recovery (ICSCDR), where his special focus is on ‘survivor’ ethnography in forced migration.

Email: pawurie@gmail.com

Anne Irfan

Anne Irfan is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, where she is researching the historical development of the Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. As a historian by training she is particularly interested in questions around archiving and documenting refugees’ experiences. Anne has a Dual MA/MSc from Columbia University and the LSE, as well as a BA(Hons) from Oxford University. Outside of academia, she has worked in the NGO sector, including on projects in the Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Lebanon.

Brittany Lauren-Wheeler

Brittany Wheeler is a student of museology and migration, most recently working within The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where she served as the Repatriation Specialist (2011-2016).  In work concerning the repatriation of human remains and objects, the documentation of the history of forced migration and its long-terms material results is of great importance to the determination of appropriate contemporary action. Brittany has also co-coordinated the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues Network (ESPMI), where the key objective has been to bring scholars and practitioners into meaningful dialogue, most notably by leading the production of a new multi-disciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal, Refugee Review. Brittany holds an M.A. in Forced Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (within the African Centre for Migration & Society), where she brought the threads of migration and museology together by asking how the processes involved in the repatriation of human remains over borders impact the lives of the living (those culturally affiliated with the deceased through ancestry and/or geography in South Africa and the United States). She will begin a PhD study in autumn 2016.

Email: Brittany.lauren.wheeler@gmail.com

Shailja Sharma

Shailja Sharma is an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at DePaul University, Chicago. She directs the M.S. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and is an Associate Professor of International Studies. Her books include New Cosmpolitanisms: South Asians in the United States (Stanford, 2006) and Postcolonial Minorities in Britain and France (forthcoming, Manchester University Press). Her areas of research include migration, integration, and citizenship, as well as South Asian history.

Email: ssharma@depaul.edu


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