Refugee Week

Each year the University holds events to celebrate Refugee Week and the Scottish Refugee Festival. Find this year's full event programme below. All events will be held online.

Launch of the graphic novel “May God Bless the Hand that Works”

When: Monday 14 June, 3pm

Drawing on remote ethnographic research, this graphic novel tells the stories of displaced Syrian agricultural workers in the Middle East during the pandemic. It is an output of the Refugee Labour under Lockdown Project, an AHRC and Modern Slavery PEC-funded study led by Dr Ann Zuntz at the University of Edinburgh, with partners Syrian Academic Expertise, Council for At-Risk Academics, and Development Workshop.

Please sign up by emailing ann-christin.zuntz@ed.ac.uk

Read the graphic novel

Words Without Borders – Refugee Books Reading List

When: 14-20 June 2021

In support of Refugee Week the University Central Library have compiled a resource list of materials about the experiences of refugees, political and organisational responses to refugee crises and causes of forced migration as well as discovering literature highlighting issues around refugees. This list encompasses a range of disciplines and covers issues both in Britain and abroad. All material is available online as e-books and articles and also includes a streamed video.

We hope you find the items here interesting and thought-provoking – there are over 100 items to discover.

View the online resources

How can we build a fair and welcoming Scotland for refugees and asylum seekers? A live Q&A with Students as Change Agents

When: Tuesday 15 June, 2:00-2:45pm

On 9 April 2021, three #EdChangeAgent teams presented their final proposals to their host organisation, the Scottish Refugee Council. Each team screened a short video capturing their proposal for the challenge: “How can we build a fair and welcoming Scotland for refugees and asylum seekers?” Q&A was then held.

Please view three 5 min video proposals and meet some team members during a live Q&A session to find out more about their experience and findings. Group 1’s proposal, Group 2’s proposal, Group 3’s proposal.

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EU Students tutoring Syrian refugee teenagers at the EU Chaplaincy – the story over 5 years  (open to UoE colleagues only)

When: Thursday 17 June, 11:00-11:30am

As part of the University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference 2021: Curriculum as a site for Transformation, in this session we will share the story of how this tutoring project has developed and how the refugee teenagers and the EU students have found it a mutually enhancing learning time. The event will be presented by Al Newell, Omar Shabana and Amer Masri.

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Podcast Special: Debora Kayembe for Refugee Week 2021

When: Thursday 17 June, 12pm

Bilingualism Matters’ Much Language Such Talk Podcast is releasing an episode on 17 June to celebrate Refugee Week 2021. For this, they interview Debora Kayembe about her work as a human rights lawyer, translator and activist, and her experiences arriving in the UK as a refugee. In 2016, Ms Kayembe became the first African woman to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in February 2021, she became the third woman, the first black woman and first African immigrant to be named rector of the University of Edinburgh. Join us in this educational and inspiring interview – you can listen on all platforms, or on the website where you can also view transcripts for each episode.

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Interculturality and performance: Creative expression and mutual understanding in the maghreb

When: Monday 21 June, 2-3.30pm

On World Music Day, explore the experiences of civil society actors and artists in the Central Maghreb countries of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, to consider how creative expression can contribute to interculturality and create positive change for displaced people and migrants in the region.  This webinar is organised as part of a series by Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR), a GCRF-funded Network Plus which aims to directly impact the lives of people affected by displacement.  More information about MADAR is available via their website.

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