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Showcasing cutting edge research conducted by African scholars who examine migration to, through and from Africa

© Hella Nijssen
Women on beach, Gambia

Series convened by: Robtel Neajai Pailey and Marie Godin

Scholars of African descent have increasingly contributed to the growing body of knowledge on African migratory flows, even though Africans have often been depicted as ‘objects’ rather than ‘subjects’ of scholarly inquiry. In this seminar series, we ‘reverse the gaze’ by showcasing cutting edge research conducted by African scholars who examine migration to, through and from Africa.

From early career researchers to more established academics, the presenters in our series demonstrate the geographical diversity of African migration patterns by showcasing how Africans on the move are part and parcel of broader processes of social, political and economic development across the continent and beyond. In doing this, they prove that 'Africans have always produced knowledge about their continent, even though their contributions have been "preferably unheard" in some cases and "deliberately silenced" in others' (Pailey, 2016).

Location and logistics

Seminars take place on Wednesdays from 13:00-14:00 in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB. Registration is not required; please contact with any queries.

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Hilary term seminars

18 January

Skilled Ghanaian return migrants navigating the gendered politics of ‘adjustment’

Madeleine Wong, St. Lawrence University


25 January

Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Olivette Otele, Bath Spa University

1 February

African migration to and from Europe: Rethinking circular migration

Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, University of Utrecht and Tilburg University 


8 February

The politics of Congolese Combattants’ violent transnational mobilisation

Peter Kankonde Bukasa, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Notre Dame 


15 February

Transnational religious practices and negotiation of difference among Zimbabwean Catholics in Britain

Dominic Pasura, University of Glasgow

22 February

Migration, family and the changing significance of absence in Senegal

Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, University College London

1 March

'All the money I raised, I raised from Ghana': Understanding reverse remittance practice among Ghanaian migrants in the UK and their relatives in Ghana

Geraldine Adiku, University of Oxford

8 March

The subjective wellbeing of African transnational parents in Europe

Bilisuma B. Dito, Maastricht University