Human Security Speaker Series: Brown Bag Lunch with Prof. Oliver Bakewell

Wednesday February 25, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:55 PM


Professor Oliver Bakewell

Looking Beyond Conflict as a Determinant of Mobility in the African Great Lakes


The Crowe Room, Goddard 310
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave
Medford MA, 02155

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Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Oliver Bakewell, Co-Director of the International Migration Institute, and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. The presentation will draw on research among Congolese from Eastern DR Congo living in Kampala, Eldoret and Lubumbashi, three distinct urban areas that are testament to the rapid changes that population movements are bringing to African cities. While the Congolese are often portrayed as moving as refugees, there is limited exploration of the other factors that shape their movement and little understanding of how people view and practice mobility across their life courses. Based on qualitative, quantitative and visual research methods, this presentation examines the complex patterns of mobility that emerge, reflecting the intersections between migrants’ agency and practices and the wider context of different socio-economic and political regimes that affect mobility within the region. It calls into question the assumption that conflict is necessarily the dominant determinant of mobility from DR Congo.

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