We would like to invite you to the launch of the ESPMI Guest Twitter Project! For this project, our Twitter account (@ESPMINetwork) will be taken over for six consecutive weeks between March 2, 2015 and April 13, 2015 by emerging scholars, migrant rights activists, and community workers from around the world who are also part of our network. Each week our guests will present issues related to forced migration and mobility, with particular attention on his/her area of expertise or experience.
We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word, and follow their tweets yourself!
Short biographies of each of our guests are listed below. Please visit our blog each week to learn more about each week's participant before they begin their week of tweeting: http://espminetwork.com/
Hope to meet you on Twitter!
The Executive Committee of the ESPMI Network
*Formerly known as the New Scholars Network, The ESPMI Network strives to connect emerging scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, artists, and all those involved in forced migration and refugee studies to meaningful work and professional connections, as well as to produce new research and new interest in these important issues. ESPMI is a cluster of the Refugee Research Network (RRN), the largest international research initiative in the field of refugee and forced migration studies: http://www.refugeeresearch.net/.
[Moderator's note: guest bios and all relevant links can be found on the ESPMI blog at the URL above.]
Week 1: March 2-9, 2015
Marcia Vera-Espinoza is a PhD Researcher at the Geography Department, The University of Sheffield. She is committee member of the White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network and member of the Sheffield Institute for International Development, SIID. Her current research explores the lived experiences of resettlement of Palestinian and Colombian refugees in Chile and Brazil, in order to analyse the extent and ways in which the resettlement programme is implemented and experienced in South America.
Week 2: March 9-16, 2015
Cihan Arikan works as a project coordinator for the Project LiQa at Verdandi HBTQ, supporting LGBTQ migrants in social and cultural contexts, as well as doing advocacy work to raise awareness about the needs and problems of LGBTQ migration in Sweden in general. Cihan is also an elected member of the board of directors at RFSL Malmö, a branch of the national LGBTQ organization in Sweden.
Week 3: March 16-23, 2015
Christine Wheatley is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examines the social impacts of contemporary United States immigration laws and enforcement practices on the processes of removal of non-citizens from the U.S. and on deported migrants and other returning migrants who have gone back to Mexico after living and working in the U.S.
Week 4: 23-30 March, 2015
Giulia holds a PhD in Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology from the University of Padua (Italy). Her main areas of interest and expertise include gender, Violence against Women (VAW), and development and migration. Dr. Giulia D'Odorico gained significant professional experience in these areas while she was working at the Women's Rights Programme Office of Amnesty International in Brussels (Belgium), the Gender Unit of the United Nations Development Programme in Quito (Ecuador), and the Department of Sociology at the University of Padua (Italy).
Week 5: 30 March-6 April, 2015
Martin Joormann is a PhD candidate in Sociology of Law at Lund University. He has experience with asylum activism in Sweden both as a participant and as a researcher. His PhD project is situated within the legally and politically contentious processes regarding the deportation of refugees from Sweden.
Week 6: April 6-13, 2015
Eda H. Farsakoglu
Eda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and a junior research fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden. In her doctoral project, Eda seeks to explore the everyday life worlds and migratory experiences of queer asylum-seeking migrants who come from Iran, seek temporary refugee asylum, and wait for resettlement in Turkey. Eda is also one of the Executive Members of the ESPMI Network.
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