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August 2018

Early Career Researcher and Postgraduate Network Seminar: Crafting Collegiality in Competitive Contexts

Many universities within and beyond New Zealand use ‘collegiality’ as a criterion in decisions on (re)appointment, tenure (confirmation) and/or promotion. However, there appears to be no clear definition of what this term means, nor any guidelines for how to conduct oneself in a manner that ensures collegiality. Indeed, identifying ‘uncollegial’ behaviour seems to be an easier task than spelling out what collegiality entails. In this Early Career and Postgraduate workshop on ‘Crafting Collegiality in Competitive Contexts’, our panellists draw on…

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Migration Research Network Seminar: Youth in conflict zones and the use of action sports for escape: The affective mobilities and migration of youth out of Afghanistan and Gaza

Presenter: Dr. Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato This paper draws upon interviews conducted over three years with young men living in a refugee camp in Gaza and young Afghan women, who used the networks and connections enabled through their participation in action sports--particularly parkour and skateboarding--to escape their conflict-torn home countries. In so doing, this paper reveals the highly creative strategies and agency of youth in conflict zones, including their use of social media and connections with NGOs to help…

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September 2018

Migration Research Network Seminar: Constesting ‘refugeeness’: Exploring the paradoxes between discourses of hospitality and refugee (self)representation in New Zealand

Discourses of hospitality – the welcoming of refugees – are largely driven by humanitarian concern and a sense of moral duty towards refugees.  However, they also risk encouraging a regime of compassion and charity that may speak more about ourselves as humanitarian actors than the very people we purport to help.  Refugees are thus framed as objects of ‘our’ humanitarian concern and moral responsibility, stereotyped as helpless vulnerable victims without agency who are reliant on others to speak on their…

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