Aotearoa Migration Research Network

Migration is a multidimensional phenomenon that forms a prominent feature of social, cultural, economic and political life in Aotearoa/New Zealand and across the world. The Aotearoa Migration Research Network seeks to support social science research that addresses the diversity of issues involved in moving in the world: the drivers and barriers to migration, the role of borders and state control, the lives, identities and aspirations of migrants, the role of migration in communities and economies and the emergence of diverse, multicultural and transnational social formations.

The network provides a forum for established and emerging researchers as well as representatives of migrant communities, and policy makers and practitioners working with migrants to share insights from new research and create dialogue in a regular seminar series.

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Upcoming Seminar -  Tuesday  2nd November

"Young Womxn’s Social Activism in Lanka: Revisiting Feminist Consciousness from the Global South"

Presenter: Cayathri Divakalala (University of Waikato)

Tuesday 2nd November, 11am to 12 noon

The brutality of colonisation combined with a ruthless ethnic war from the early 1980s to May 2009, an insurgence of Sinhala youth in the South in the 1970s, natural disasters, internal and external displacements, and many forms of oppression and rights violation have occupied Lanka’s long history. Alongside the experiences of oppression exist the powerful instances and stories of resistance. Womxn’s activism is one of the main pillars of resistance and resurgence against various forms of oppression. In the post-war context, womxn’s activism emerges from specific locations of class, caste, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and religion to substantiate their claims as subalterns with dignity and agency and to advocate for change. My doctoral research focuses on such powerful experiences of resistance.    
In this talk, I will be sharing some insights on the relevance of this study, methodology and some preliminary thoughts on findings.

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