A woman walking along the railway track which borders the community of Lunupokuna, Colombo © Abdullah Azam.
A series of events showcasing the work of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, is coming up this autumn.
On 1 October the research team, headed by Professor Michael Collyer from the University of Sussex, will present their work and initial findings in a Monday night lecture at the Society. Speaking about their experiences in the field, the team will explore the ideas of migration, trapped populations and pathways out of poverty, as well as what we can learn for the future.
From 1-5 October, the Pavilion will host an exhibition of comics based on the stories of migrants in each of the research cities: Colombo in Sri Lanka, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Harare in Zimbabwe and Hargeisa in Somaliland. The comics, produced by PositiveNegatives, reflect the challenges that migrants are faced with when moving to and living in the marginal areas of these urban areas. The exhibition will also provide additional context for those attending Professor Collyer’s lecture.
To complement the exhibition, a series of educational workshops will be held throughout the week for both students and teachers to engage with the topics of migration, urban governance and poverty, using the comics as a learning tool. Designers from PositiveNegatives will be assisting with the workshops and will also be present at our Going Places event for Year 9 students on 5 October, which provides an insight into the range of careers that geography can lead to.
A second exhibition curated by the research team will delve further into the themes of the project and will be on show at the Society between 30 November and 11 December 2018.
Find out more about the Monday night lecture on 1 October.
Find out more about the Migrants on the margins project.
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