Migration Museum

Migration Museum The Migration Museum explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.
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Currently based in the heart of Lewisham Shopping Centre in south London. The Migration Museum Project is a charitable company registered in England and Wales No. 8544993 and a registered charity No. 1153774.

Currently based in the heart of Lewisham Shopping Centre in south London. The Migration Museum Project is a charitable company registered in England and Wales No. 8544993 and a registered charity No. 1153774.

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Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the #Euro2020 final against Italy. Seven...
11/07/2021

Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the #Euro2020 final against Italy. Seven of #England's starting XI have parents or grandparents born overseas. And if you trace the families of almost all the Three Lions squad back further, you'll find stories of migration.

#FootballMovesPeople #ENGITA #Euro2020 #Euros #Euro2021 #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome #Final #Wembley #StartingLineUps #LineUps

Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the #Euro2020 final against Italy. Seven of #England's starting XI have parents or grandparents born overseas. And if you trace the families of almost all the Three Lions squad back further, you'll find stories of migration.

#FootballMovesPeople #ENGITA #Euro2020 #Euros #Euro2021 #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome #Final #Wembley #StartingLineUps #LineUps

Although injury forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to withdraw from England’s #Euro2020 squad, the 22-year-old Liverpool star...
11/07/2021

Although injury forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to withdraw from England’s #Euro2020 squad, the 22-year-old Liverpool star remains one of England’s most exciting and talented footballers – and one of its most talked about.

As is the case with most high-profile footballers, there’s lots of information about Trent’s family and background available online – including a couple of eye-catching stories involving family links to Sir Alex Ferguson and Trent’s eligibility to play for the United States national team.

Our friends at family history website Findmypast have reconstructed Trent’s family tree to see what they could uncover. Their findings reveal a complex story.

Like his father Michael, Trent was born in Liverpool. His paternal grandfather likely moved to Liverpool from somewhere within the Commonwealth. His mother, Dianne, may have been born in New York. His maternal grandmother may have been born in Scotland to, as Sir Alex Ferguson writes in his autobiography, an Irish Catholic mother, and emigrated to the States.

What Findmypast can say with confidence is that Trent has a diverse family background with multiple international links – as do many people from Liverpool, a port city which has long been shaped by migration. And like many other young footballers of his generation, Trent hasn’t forgotten where he comes from, regularly supporting local charities and investing in football pitches and facilities in the West Derby area of the city where he grew up.

Trent Alexander-Arnold features in our joint blog series with Findmypast. Find out more here: https://www.migrationmuseum.org/findmypast-trent-alexander-arnold/

#FootballMovesPeople #TrentAlexanderArnold #TAA #migration #Liverpool #YNWA #England #ThreeLions #USMNT #familyhistory

Home Turf: Harrow | Family Roots: Dominica, Curaçao, England “When mentoring and speaking I always include where I come ...
10/07/2021

Home Turf: Harrow | Family Roots: Dominica, Curaçao, England

“When mentoring and speaking I always include where I come from as it shows that nothing is beyond us. All we need is imagination and self belief.”

Sustaining a life-changing injury would spell the end of most footballers’ careers. But for one Paralympian from north-west London, it marked the start of a new chapter.

Alistair Patrick Heselton was a promising footballer from an early age. Born in Harrow to family with roots in Dominica, Curaçao and England, he started out at Wycombe Wanderers as a schoolboy before joining Queen’s Park Rangers where he was prolific at youth level and featured for QPR reserves before sustaining a severe cruciate ligament injury.

Alistair turned out for a number of other clubs before deciding to go down the semi-professional route – playing for Isthmian League club Wingate and Finchley while pursuing a career in quantity surveying. In 2006, Alistair was involved in a serious car crash; his friend was killed and he fractured his skull, spending two months in a coma.

He was told he may never walk again; his footballing career appeared all but finished. Four years later, then-England and Team GB Paralympic coach Lyndon Lynch contacted him about trying out for the CP football team for players with Cerebal Palsey or other brain injuries.

After making his Team GB debut at the 2011 CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association) Championships, Alastair went on to become a crucial player for his country, playing a key role in helping Team GB to the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup final. In the final against Brazil, he scored England’s second goal as they fought back valiantly in a 4-2 defeat. During the 2012 Paralympic Games, he layed on three assists and scored once against Argentina in a play-off match.

He is now a mentor and speaker, working with the PFA, Premier League and regional FAs to help inspire children across the UK.

Alistair was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in the 'Football For All' category in 2017, in recognition of his achievements.

#FootballMovesPeople #Paralympics #ParalympicFootball #TeamGB #AllOurStories National Football Museum CPISRA - Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association QPR FC Wycombe Wanderers FC #AlistairPatrickHeselton

Lucky Monkman, aka Monki | Home Turf: Dulwich | Family roots: The Philippines, Malaysia and England."To me football is e...
08/07/2021

Lucky Monkman, aka Monki | Home Turf: Dulwich | Family roots: The Philippines, Malaysia and England.

"To me football is escapism. When I was a kid, playing on the street and hitting the ball against a brick wall for hours, for fun! And it’s the only thing, music included, where I can mentally completely escape whatever else is going on in my life."

Lucy Monkman, aka Monki, has been pursuing her twin passions of music and football from an early age. Monki began playing football at the age of 5 and signed for the Chelsea academy as a youngster, while she credits her passion for dance music to her mum’s love of listening to classic 808 State and Prodigy tunes in the kitchen at their South London Home when she was growing up. Monki played her first DJ set at the age of 17, fronted a weekly Radio 1 show for 6 years and now hosts a popular fortnightly show on Defected, runs her own label & Friends and headlines club nights and festivals across the globe. After stepping away from the game for a time to pursue her musical career, Monki began playing football again six years ago and now plays on the right wing for Dulwich Hamlet Woman. She is passionate about elevating women players from South London and further afield.

Monki is one of the #SouthLondonFootballHeroes featured in our window this summer. We’re celebrating incredible players from our local community. Come down to the Migration Museum in Lewisham to see the rest of the players voted for by you.

Images: Monki / Mela Hilleard

#FootballMovesPeople #Euro2020 #Euro2021 #football #migration #England #Philippines #Malaysia #England #ThreeLions #footballfacts #SouthLondon #DulwichHamletFC
#fifawomensworldcup #fawomenscup #Lewisham Defected Records Monki - DJ

Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark...
07/07/2021

Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark. Seven of England’s starting XI have parents or grandparents born overseas. And if you trace the families of almost all the Three Lions squad back further, you'll find stories of migration.

For more info search #FootballMovesPeople or visit http://ow.ly/BDIf50F9995

#ENGDEN #Euro2020 #Euros #Euro2021 #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome #SemiFinal #Wembley #StartingLineUps #LineUps

Find out how migration has shaped more than just England's starting line-up for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark. Seven of England’s starting XI have parents or grandparents born overseas. And if you trace the families of almost all the Three Lions squad back further, you'll find stories of migration.

For more info search #FootballMovesPeople or visit http://ow.ly/BDIf50F9995

#ENGDEN #Euro2020 #Euros #Euro2021 #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome #SemiFinal #Wembley #StartingLineUps #LineUps

As this year’s Copa America reaches its climax, hosts Brazil are aiming to win the trophy for a 10th time. But did you k...
06/07/2021

As this year’s Copa America reaches its climax, hosts Brazil are aiming to win the trophy for a 10th time. But did you know that two British emigrants are widely credited with bringing the beautiful game to Brazil.

Thomas Donohoe was born in Busby, East Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1863. A master dyer working at the Busby printworks, Donohoe was recruited to work at a new print factory in Bangu, now a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In May 1894, Donohoe arrived in Rio onboard the SS Clyde.

A keen footballer back in Busby, Donohoe discovered that no-one knew the game when he arrived in Brazil. He wrote to his wife Elizabeth, asking her to bring a football with her when she joined him a few months later.

Equipped with a ball, Donohoe organised the first known football match to take place on Brazilian soil in September 1884 – a 6-a-side game between British factory workers. More games followed and Brazilian colleagues and neighbours began to join in. Donohoe went on to become vice-president of Bangu Atlético Clube, who now play in the fourth-tier of Brazilian football. A statue of Donohoe was unveiled in Bangu in 2014.

Another emigrant with Scottish heritage, Charles Miller was instrumental in establishing football as an organised sport in the country. Born in São Paulo in 1874 to a Scottish father and a Brazilian mother of English descent, Charles was sent to boarding school in Southampton, England, where he became a talented footballer.

He returned to Brazil in 1894 with two footballs and a Hampshire FA rulebook and organised the first recorded 11-a-side match in Brazil using association football rules – between the São Paulo Railway Company (for which he worked) and Gas Company. Miller played a key role in establishing Brazil’s first football league, the Liga Paulista, and the São Paulo Athletic Club (S**C) in 1902.

Miller remained closely involved with football in Brazil for much of the rest of his life. He died in June 1953 in São Paulo and is buried in the city’s Protestant cemetery.

#FootballMovesPeople #AllOurStories #CopaAmerica #Brasil #Brazil #Emigration #Scotland #Scottish #DeparturesMM

As this year’s Copa America reaches its climax, hosts Brazil are aiming to win the trophy for a 10th time. But did you know that two British emigrants are widely credited with bringing the beautiful game to Brazil.

Thomas Donohoe was born in Busby, East Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1863. A master dyer working at the Busby printworks, Donohoe was recruited to work at a new print factory in Bangu, now a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In May 1894, Donohoe arrived in Rio onboard the SS Clyde.

A keen footballer back in Busby, Donohoe discovered that no-one knew the game when he arrived in Brazil. He wrote to his wife Elizabeth, asking her to bring a football with her when she joined him a few months later.

Equipped with a ball, Donohoe organised the first known football match to take place on Brazilian soil in September 1884 – a 6-a-side game between British factory workers. More games followed and Brazilian colleagues and neighbours began to join in. Donohoe went on to become vice-president of Bangu Atlético Clube, who now play in the fourth-tier of Brazilian football. A statue of Donohoe was unveiled in Bangu in 2014.

Another emigrant with Scottish heritage, Charles Miller was instrumental in establishing football as an organised sport in the country. Born in São Paulo in 1874 to a Scottish father and a Brazilian mother of English descent, Charles was sent to boarding school in Southampton, England, where he became a talented footballer.

He returned to Brazil in 1894 with two footballs and a Hampshire FA rulebook and organised the first recorded 11-a-side match in Brazil using association football rules – between the São Paulo Railway Company (for which he worked) and Gas Company. Miller played a key role in establishing Brazil’s first football league, the Liga Paulista, and the São Paulo Athletic Club (S**C) in 1902.

Miller remained closely involved with football in Brazil for much of the rest of his life. He died in June 1953 in São Paulo and is buried in the city’s Protestant cemetery.

#FootballMovesPeople #AllOurStories #CopaAmerica #Brasil #Brazil #Emigration #Scotland #Scottish #DeparturesMM

In 1948 when the #NHS was founded medicine in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean & elsewhere had been shaped by imperial histor...
05/07/2021

In 1948 when the #NHS was founded medicine in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean & elsewhere had been shaped by imperial history. Dozens of medical institutions were set up by the British in India and other countries that were a part of the British Empire at the time. Medical staff who were trained in these institutions helped to build the foundations of the NHS as we know it. These included...

📍1. Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, was founded in 1835 by Lord William Bentinck. It was the first medical college founded by the British in India. 📷V&A

📍2. The Kitchener School of Medicine opened in 1924. The idea for a medical school in Khartoum, Sudan, was put forward by Lord Kitchener, former governor general of Sudan, in 1914, it opened 10 years later. Process print, 1924. 📷 Wellcome Collection

📍3. The Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital was a college for women in Delhi, founded by Lady Winifred Baroness Hardinge of Penshurst (1868-1914), wife of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. Photograph, 1921 📷 Wellcome Collection

#HeartoftheNation #NHS73

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the NHS. But how much do you know about the birth of our National Healt...
05/07/2021

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the NHS. But how much do you know about the birth of our National Health Service, including how different it would have looked without migration...

Find out more at www.heartofthenation.co.uk
#NHS73 #ThankyouNHS

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the NHS. But how much do you know about the birth of our National Health Service, including how different it would have looked without migration...

Find out more at www.heartofthenation.co.uk
#NHS73 #ThankyouNHS

Ian Wright | Home turf: Brockley | Family roots: Jamaica"We went out every day and played football. South London footbal...
04/07/2021

Ian Wright | Home turf: Brockley | Family roots: Jamaica

"We went out every day and played football. South London football. Where you’d play on an estate with massive brick walls and NO BALL GAMES signs and dads who would put a hot knife through your ball if it bounced off their car."

Born in Woolwich and raised in Brockley, Ian Wright honed his goal scoring skills on the streets and playing fields of south-east London and for legendary Lewisham-based Sunday League side Ten Em Bee before signing for Crystal Palace aged 21. He scored 90 goals in 225 games for the Eagles before moving north of the river to Arsenal in 1991. Wright went on to become Arsenal’s record scorer, netting 185 times in 288 appearances for the Gunners. He won 33 England caps, scoring nine times. Now a widely celebrated broadcaster and pundit, Wright remains proud of his south London roots.

Images: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo, Ronnie Macdonald, Bellina Adjei
Credit: The Players’ Tribune

#FootballMovesPeople #SouthLondonFootballHeroes #Euro2020 #Euro2021 #football #migration #England #Jamaica #BlackHistory #ThreeLions #HopeUnited #footballfacts #SouthLondon #Lewisham #FootballLegend #HillyFields Crystal Palace Football Club Arsenal England football team

We’ve been focused on the Euros, but there’s another tournament taking place on the other side of the world right now.St...
02/07/2021

We’ve been focused on the Euros, but there’s another tournament taking place on the other side of the world right now.

Staffordshire-born striker Ben Brereton plys his trade in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers. But did you know he’s been starring –and scoring – for Chile at this summer’s Copa America?

The 22-year-old from Stoke made the switch to La Roja after representing England at youth level. His mother is Chilean, and after a 4-month qualification process he became available for the South American national team in time for the tournament, held this year in Brazil.

The story of how Brereton came to play for Chile goes back multiple generations. His great-grandfather on his mother’s side, Juan, started a ceramics business in Chile, which was then taken on by Ben’s grandfather, Genaro.

Genaro studied in England before moving back to Chile, to Concepción, where Ben’s mother, Andrea, was born. Andrea followed in the footsteps of her father and went to England to study too. It’s here where she met her now husband Martin. Stoke being the world-famous hub of pottery, it’s no surprise the family ended up in Staffordshire.

Brereton was football-obsessive as a young boy, playing for the youth systems of Manchester United and Stoke before signing for Nottingham Forest in 2015. In 2018, Blackburn signed him for £6m, where he’s scored nine goals in all competitions in 88 appearances.

Brereton always wanted to represent Chile if the chance came his way, according to Andrea. When he met up with the squad ahead of the Copa America, it was his first time in Chile since he was six months old. But despite not speaking Spanish, and largely not being able to communicate with his teammates at all, Brereton’s become a popular member of the squad with his infectious enthusiasm.

He scored the winner in Chile’s second Copa America group game in what was his first start, leading to wild celebrations on the pitch and newfound fame in Chile. Chile have made the quarter finals in no small part thanks to their man from the Potteries.

Words by @niche_t_

#FootballMovesPeople #AllOurStories #CopaAmerica #Chile #LaRoja #Blackburn #Rovers

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The Migration Museum Project is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme, and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK.

We have staged an acclaimed series of events, exhibitions and education workshops at venues across the UK since 2013, exploring the central role that migration has played in making us who we are today – as individuals, as communities and as a nation – and helping us to hone our strategy and receive input and feedback from individuals and communities as we work towards our goals. Our exhibitions and events have been attended by over 170,000 visitors, while more than 7,500 school and university students have participated in our education workshops.

We are moving to an exciting new venue in Lewisham in 2020. Opening in February 2020, the Migration Museum in Lewisham will stage a varied programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops from the heart of Lewisham Shopping Centre – more details to follow.

Between April 2017 and November 2019, we were based at the Migration Museum at The Workshop in London, a temporary venue, now closed to the public, in which we staged a dynamic series of exhibitions, events and education workshops. Being based at a central London venue for two and a half years enabled us to provide a showcase for the permanent Migration Museum for Britain that we are creating, raise our profile, expand audience reach, deepen links with community groups and schools, and test ideas for our permanent museum.

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This post of mine has had about a thousand views and many comments on various pages... The Great Smog of London - 68 years ago this week - in December 1952 was the main reason my father decided to emigrate from England, where he had been stationed with the RAF since 1947 (after volunteering for service in his native Malta in 1940). I was a baby in 1952 and developed a bronchial condition as a result of the smog. My dad told me he couldn't bear to see me in my cot, coughing badly. Babies and the elderly were the main victims of the smog. He told my mother, a Londoner, that he was going to Melbourne, where his brother Joe worked on the wharves, and would take me, aged three, with him. My mum had little choice but never regretted the decision. In oral history interviews I recorded, both my parents talk about the nature and extent of the Great Smog that killed so many Londoners that funeral businesses ran out of coffins. It was nicknamed the 'pea-souper' and was very toxic. I am grateful for my parents' decision to emigrate. Sadly, though, my dad never really felt at home in Australia. One of life's many ironies - my mother who didn't want to leave England fell in love with Australia overnight, yet my dad, who was so keen to migrate, never really adjusted. Anyway, the smog problem was largely solved by legislative measures - the Clean Air Act of 1956 which began the introduction of smokeless fuels for home heating.
The documentary THE PATAGONIAN BONES, about the 1865 migration of Welsh settlers to Patagonia, and the work to identify the remains of the first Welsh woman who died there, is available for free on You Tube:
Wonderful museum. Very creative exhibition which had adults and children in our party very absorbed. And the hanging kindness boxes were beautiful!
The space is great, the exhibition moving and the people there wonderful - if your in London: go see it!
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An amazing venue near Vauxhall on Lambeth High Street with an exciting & topical workshop & exhibition programme I was there yesterday for a workshop.
Call for papers on Kurdish Migration Call for papers on Kurdish Migration to be presented at the 3rd International Kurdish Studies Conference, Middlesex University, London, 25-26 June 2019 As part of the 3rd International Kurdish Studies Conference, we aim to organise several sessions on Kurdish Migration. Therefore we invite papers which are empirically and theoretically drawing on quantitative or qualitative data and examining all aspects of migration from, through and into Kurdistan Sessions on the Kurdish migration at the 3rd International Kurdish Studies aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines working on Kurdish migration to exchange their views and findings about all aspects of migration from, through and into Kurdistan, as well as about the experiences of diasporic Kurdish communities and second generations. Researchers are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts. We would welcome abstracts related to Kurdish migration and Diaspora. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to: • Migration, ethnicity, citizenship, belonging and identity politics • Migration, labour market, entrepreneurship and economic integration • Migration, gendered experiences, and sexuality • Family dynamics and intergenerational relationships • Migrants, media and translocal cultural politics and representations • Migration, Arts, Media and Culture • Migration, Digital Age and Technology • Migration, Education and Childhood • Political participation, (digital) networks and organisations • Transnational ties and/or remittances • Migration, law, legal status, rights, and undocumented migration • Internal and international migration, borders and borderlands • Civil rights, racism and anti-racism, discrimination and xenophobia and diasporic narratives of Kurdish resistance • Refugee and internal displacement issues • Refugee camps in Kurdistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan • Migration theories and frameworks • Research methodology and Kurdish migration • Statelessness and internally displaced persons • Migration and refugee policies in the Middle East, Europe, North America and elsewhere Please submit your abstract of maximum 350 words to [email protected] . Please suggest up to 5 keywords, indicate your institutional affiliation and the stage of your fieldwork, if it is relevant. The deadline for submission is 15th March 2019. Please include: • A title for your abstract • An abstract (max 350 words) • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address) We look forward to receiving your abstracts. The Conference Organising Committee 3rd INTERNATIONAL KURDISH STUDIES CONFERENCE Shifting Dynamics of the Kurdistan Question in a Changing Middle East Over 35 million Kurds live under the national jurisdictions of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria where the Kurdish identity, culture, linguistic rights, homeland and own political representation are contested and contained in most cases by the force of arms. Consequently, the combination of authoritarian state ideologies, the systematic and recurrent use of state violence in these countries has led to the rise of Kurdish opposition. In turn, the ruling states have further used the Kurdish resistance as a pretext to reinforce draconian policies of negation, assimilation and elimination of Kurdish national aspirations. The 20th century has marked the most repressive state policies against the Kurdish quest for self-determination. At the turn of the 21st century, however, various political developments suggest a shift for the Kurds. The regime change in Iraq in 2003, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the emergence of ISIS were among the watershed events that have not only changed the balance of power in the Middle East but also the perception and position of the Kurds in the global political system. The establishment of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Kurdistan-Iraq, the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria and the rise of pro-Kurdish political parties in Kurdistan-Turkey have given rise to the political visibility of the Kurds in international politics. The old borders and boundaries that separated the Kurds are becoming increasingly ineffective. These crucial developments have deepened the sovereignty crisis of the oppressive regional states. Simultaneously with this emerging new political geography and visibility of the Kurds, the number of scholarly studies on the “Kurdish Question” and “Kurdistan Question” has rapidly increased in recent years. The “Kurdistan Question” is growing into an international political issue that needs a global response to find a peaceful settlement in the region. Keynote Speaker Prof Abbas Vali, Emeritus Professor of Sociology Call for Abstracts This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines working on Kurdish history, politics, culture, gender, minority rights and diaspora to examine the ongoing political, social and cultural developments in the lives of the Kurds and Kurdistan. In this context, we seek a broad range of contributions from disciplines of sociology, politics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, gender studies, cultural studies, history, economics, law, international relations and migration studies. Researchers are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts. We also welcome proposals for sessions and are open to suggestions as to what format these take, including panel discussions, roundtables and workshops or book launches. The conference will provide an excellent venue for academics, researchers, students, professionals and policymakers. How to submit Please submit your abstract of maximum 350 words to [email protected]. Please suggest up to 5 keywords, indicate your institutional affiliation and the stage of your fieldwork, if it’s relevant. The Conference Organising Committee Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Middlesex University Prof Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University and Minority Rights Group International Dr Naif Bezwan, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and UCL Ibrahim Dogus, Centre for Kurdish Progress Ass.Prof Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Middlesex University Dr Tunc Aybak, Middlesex University Dr Edel Huges, Middlesex University Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Gülbeyaz Nagasaki University Dr Arzu Yilmaz Dr Selim Temo, Associate professor Dr Umut Erel, Open University Dr Necla Acik, University of Manchester Dr Kamal Soleimani, The College of Mexico, Mexico Dr Mohammed Shareef, University of Exeter Conference Details Location: Middlesex University, London, UK Dates Abstract submission deadline March 15th , 2019 Notification of acceptance April 1st , 2019 Conference Date June 25-26, 2019 Conference Fee Registration fee: £ 100 Discount fee for students (postgraduate and doctoral): £ 50 All delegates will be expected to make and pay for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Abstract Submission Guidelines The maximum word limit for the abstract is 350 words. The abstract must contain a brief statement of the objectives, methodology, essential results and the conclusion of the study. The abstract must also contain the authors’ names, institutional affiliations, contact number, email and postal address. Please submit your abstract to [email protected] email address. This conference is organised by the Department of Politics and Law, Middlesex University, Minority Rights Group International and Centre for Kurdish Progress. Contact: For more information, please contact Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles at [email protected]