Migration and asylum in the Americas: interdisciplinary perspectives

Migration and asylum in the Americas: interdisciplinary perspectives

People have migrated throughout the Americas for centuries. Today we are seeing the continuation of such mobility trends, but restricted by migration and asylum policies, (in)formal controls, precarity, violence and insecurity. Nevertheless, where there is oppressive power there is resistance. Migrants and refugees are not only subjects of violence, as agents, they resist, transform, and advance their goals.

This afternoon interdisciplinary panels, conversations and art installations aim to create spaces where scholars, practitioners, students, and people with lived experience of migration can expand their knowledge about migration and asylum dynamics in the Americas. The event is also a platform for participants to identify gaps in research, policy-practice, build networks and collaborate to construct knowledge and solutions together.

Researchers from King’s College London, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Ohio State University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Essex, the University of Warwick, and the University of Oxford will present their work focusing from multiple disciplinary angles including: 
•    climate-related mobility,
•    music making of Black Caribbean diasporas,
•    community-based participatory and creative methods,
•    gender and sexuality,
•    violence, resistance, and empowerment,
•    migration and asylum policy-practice,
•    migrants’ integration and experiences of discrimination.

This event is hosted by Migration Oxford and organised by Abril Ríos-Rivera (Convener of Migration Oxford and DPhil candidate in Migration Studies – University of Oxford) in coordination with Alejandra Díaz de León (Researcher - University of Essex) with the support of the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Essex. The event has been supported by the Social Science Division of the University of Oxford.

A coffee-biscuits break will be offered and a drinks reception will follow the panel discussions



Arrival and welcoming


Panel 1: Gender, race, and (dis)integration
Discussant: Samuel Ritholtz (University of Oxford)
Moderator: Erika Herrera Rosales (University of Warwick)


Alejandra Díaz de León (University of Essex) Women on the run. Narrative as a device to face the necropolitical state.

Bruno Felipe De Souza e Miranda (National Autonomous University of Mexico) New mobilities and borderings in Mexico.

Esteban Devis-Amaya (Oxford Brookes University) “It was like Chinese water torture, drop by drop they began to arrive…” – perceptions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Venezuelan migrants within the Venezuelan diaspora in Colombia.

Mauricio Palma-Gutiérrez (University of Warwick) Migrant Struggles in the Darién: Unplugging a more-than-human border.




Coffee break


Panel 2: Collaborative methodologies for migration studies
Discussant: Domiziana Turcatti (NIESR-COMPAS)
Moderator: Tiago Carlos Lima Do Nascimento (University of Essex)


Maria Julia (Maju) Brunette (The Ohio State University and University of Oxford) Video presentation. Health Equity and Labor Migration in the Americas: Co-designing Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) tools to reach the hard to reach.

Giovanna Gini (University of Oxford) Mobile kinship: exploring more-than-human entanglements in the context of climate-related planned relocation.

Caetano Maschio Santos (University of Oxford) Migrant songs as an epistemology of Haitian diasporic experience in Brazil.

Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer (King’s College London) Multiscalar Border Violence Against Latin American Migrant Women in England.

Abril Ríos-Rivera (University of Oxford) Expanding despite oppression: Latin American women and gender-diverse migrants in Mexico.


Fabricio Borges Carrijo (University of Oxford and Polish Academy of Sciences) Refugee shelter and the politics of visuality




Art installations and drinks reception

Photo-stories by Latin American refugees and migrants

Videos about Latin American migration in the US

Photography about Latin American migration

Music by Haitian diasporas in Brazil



For questions please get in touch with Abril Ríos-Rivera at migrationoxford@compas.ox.ac.uk

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Intended outcomes:

1.    Participants will better understand the complexities of migration processes in the region
2.    Participants will create new networks that may lead to the expansion in their professional prospects 
3.    Participants who are students and researchers will generate new ideas and gather useful sources to inform their research projects

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Tuesday 28th May, 14:00 - 19:30 including breaks and drinks reception (if you are attending online the session ends at 18:00).


Application to attend online

Application to attend in person


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