Seminars

CRFR informal seminars are FREE but booking is essential. To register please email: crfr.events@ed.ac.uk (CRFR reserves the right to charge a £5 cancellation fee if a booking is made but the delegate fails to appear)

Please feel free to bring your lunch if the seminar is held at CRFR (we will provide water, but as the seminars are free we cannot provide tea or coffee. You are welcome to bring some with you.  The University of Edinburgh Business School Café is nearby)


Migration and remarriage between Pakistan and Britain

Tuesday 20 November 2018 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

CRFR Meeting Room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh  EH8 9LN

Kaveri Qureshi

The last decade has seen legislation restricting marriage-related immigration introduced across Western Europe, including Britain.  In the surrounding debates, marriage migration is often pathologized as bad for integration and as a channel for ‘sham’ marriages, while women’s organisations and migrant rights campaigners point to the vulnerability of migrant spouses during increasingly long probationary visa periods.  Kaveri Quershi’s research on transnational marriages brings new evidence to these debates.  Previous research has often failed to differentiate first and second marriages.  Qureshi analyses marriage migration while making this distinction.  She has conducted a study of marital breakdown in family circuits connecting Pakistan and Britain – a large and historically-established stream of marriage-related immigration.  She considers the instabilities of transnational remarriages drawing on the idea of ‘gendered geographies of power’ (Mahler and Pressar 2001) which recognizes how gender relations organize migration.  The qualitative data on remarriage suggests a retreat from the predominance of transnational marriage in first marriages; she also identifies pockets of chain divorces and transnational marriage.


Making Scotland an ACE informed nation: Continuing the conversation  (Fully booked)

Tuesday 6 November 2018 • 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Room G.04, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

Dr Amy Chandler,  Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Dr Cara Blasidell, Lecturer in the School of Education, Strathclyde University
Laura Wright, Researcher and doctoral candidate, University of Edinburgh

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and interventions to support “resilience” have risen to prominence in Scottish public policy, shaping education and health, through to justice, social work and community development.  This seminar invites three academics to discuss how “ACE informed” discourses are impacting upon their field of study.  Dr Amy Chandler will examine the potentially counter-productive ways ACEs are used in research on suicide and self-harm; Dr Cara Blaisdell will explore ACEs, deficit models and social justice in early years practice; and doctoral researcher Laura Wright will reflect on the limited role of children’s participation in the ACEs movement.  The seminar will conclude with a reflective audience discussion on the wider implications of making Scotland an ACE informed nation.


How do young people practice and experience
participation in change processes and decisions?

Thursday 11 October 2018 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Room G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

Maria Bruselius-Jensen,  Associate Professor in Youth Research, University of Copenhagen

Maria presents the first findings of research centered on young people’s experiences of being participants in different kinds of change and decision making processes facilitated by adults.   The research follows 7 different projects that all aim to facilitate spaces for young people’s participation in different arenas of youth life.  While research on facilitated participation is quite rich in childhood studies, that is not the case in youth studies, even though practices of facilitating room for youth participation is widespread.  This seminar will focus on how general tendencies in policies and discourses around youth seems to effect: what kinds of youth influence the projects leave room for, what modes of participation the young people adopt, and how they experience being participants.


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