Journeys of hope and fear

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Journeys of hope and fear

University of Sussex Moving Stories - representing refugees and the refugee voiceMoving stories: representing refugees and the refugee voice, University of Sussex 

Personal stories of refugee displacement are often the point at which the creative arts and human rights intersect. Refugee testimony is used across the media and the arts but also in related fields of law and social sciences. This public roundtable discussion considers how the experience of migrants and refugees is used to highlight immediate human rights concerns but also the ethics of such representation.

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University of Liverpool Women ExplorersWomen explorers: crossing cultures, University of Liverpool

Fear can often steer our encounters with those different from ourselves, but Mary Kingsley and other British women explorers turned that fear to hope. They opened our eyes to other cultures and expanded our understanding of what it means to be human. Adults and children of all ages are invited to a day of talks, creative workshops and an exhibition to find out if their gender helped them to see the world differently.

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University of London Institute in Paris Down & Out in Paris and London - presentationDown and out in Paris and London, University of London

The research team of the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression (University of London Institute in Paris) is coordinating a series of translation laboratories with asylum seekers living in France and unable to complete their intended journey to Great Britain. Their work will be on display at Senate House throughout the festival.

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Queen Mary University of London Child Migrant StoriesChild migrant stories, Museum of Childhood, London (Queen Mary, University of London)

Explore stories of children who migrated to East London from 1930 to the present day through short films, talks, readings and singing workshops. Hear about Linh who escaped from Vietnam by boat with her father, Maurice who owes his life to a daily meal provided by the Red Cross during the Biafran war and Argun who rescued his family album from his bombed-out house in Cyprus.

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University of Leeds Performing the Jewish archive-Jewish choral musicPerforming the Jewish archive: Jewish choral music, University of Leeds

Drawing on the work of researchers from the Performing the Jewish Archive international project, the concert charts the fate of four musicians (and their music) who fled the impending horrors of the Nazi regime. Synagogue music to secular part-songs, concert anthems to Yiddish folksongs this music was suppressed or thought lost after the Holocaust. For some this is their modern-day premiere, furthering our understandings of the journeys undertaken by émigré composers.

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