Northern Postcolonial Network

Third Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium: Asylum, Refuge, Migration

A Joint Event of the University of Manchester and University of Salford MediaCityUK, University of Salford
29 January 2016 (Attendance FREE)


9.30 Registration and refreshments

10.15 Welcome

10.30-12.00 Postgraduate Roundtable

Chair: Dr Anastasia Valassopoulos (University of Manchester)

  •   Letizia Alterno (University of Manchester), ‘EU Borderland Migration: Lampedusa and the Radical Crisis of the Human Right to Refuge’
  •   Alexandra D’Onofrio (University of Manchester), on rethinking ethnographic practices and representations of the lived experiences of undocumented migrants
  •   Jo Garbutt (University of Salford), on Henry Smith’s legacies for destitute asylum seekers and on semi-fictional narratives as a means for reconnecting with the past
  •   Brenda Garvey (University of Chester), ‘The Long Road to the Sea’, on different perceptions of sub-Saharan migrations to Europe
  •   Kasia Mika (University of Leeds), ‘From “Crisis” to “Crises”: Migration, Citizenship and Statelessness in the Dominican Republic’
  •   Sarah Stewart (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Gardner’s Guide to Asylum: The Fruitful Terrain of Gardening in Asylum Metaphor and Practice’

12.00-13.00 Lunch and Exhibition

Including a multimedia arts exhibition produced in collaboration with Pod Collective, students, lecturers and local refugees and asylum seekers, and poster presentations by postgraduate researchers

13.00-14.30 Community Roundtable

Chair: Dr Jonathan Darling (University of Manchester)

Including representatives from the University of Manchester, University of Salford, Pod Collective, community groups, and contributors to the exhibition

14.30-15.00 Tea / Coffee

15.00-16.30 Academic Roundtable

Chair: Dr Veronica Barnsley (University of Sheffield)
All to speak on forthcoming volume on Refugee Writing:

  •   Dr Sam Durrant (University of Leeds)
  •   Dr David Farrier (University of Edinburgh)
  •   Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia)
  •   Dr Benjamin Thomas White (University of Glasgow)
  •   Dr Agnes Woolley (Royal Holloway)

16.30 Closing Remarks, Reading and Wine Reception

Chair: Dr Caroline Magennis (University of Salford)

 Dr Nitasha Kaul, author of Residue (2014)

Please register for the event by emailing the NPN team at including your name, relevant affiliations, and dietary requirements.

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