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PHOTOVOICE: ‘Un/Settled’

November 12, 2018 0 Comments

Photographer and maHp artist fellow Sydelle Willow Smith recently talked to MA student Esther V. Kraler about her project ‘Un/Settled’ and the importance of creating dialogue amongst South Africans regarding white privilege in a post-Apartheid, post-rainbow nation, post-TRC South Africa.

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Preview ‘Izwi Lethu: Our Voice’ Issue 17

November 2, 2018 0 Comments

Izwi Lethu: Our Voice is a newsletter by sex workers for sex workers. Here you can read an excerpt of Issue 17 which will be published online soon.

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PHOTOVOICE: ‘Trolley Pullers’ in Jo’burg

November 1, 2018 0 Comments

Street Photographer and maHp artist fellow Madoda Mkhobeni in conversation with MA student Esther V. Kraler about documenting the daily life struggles of ‘Trolley Pullers’ who reside in inner-city Johannesburg and Soweto.

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Mapping Trends: Power imbalances and the circulation of information on sex work

October 30, 2018 0 Comments

maHp doctoral researcher Elsa Oliveira helps map the global and regional trends in information produced about sex work in an effort to shed light on these imbalances.

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PODCAST: Informal miners’ experiences in Gauteng

October 30, 2018 0 Comments

Political cartoonist and maHp artist fellow Carlos Amato in conversation with MA student Esther V. Kraler about his upcoming graphic novella around informal migrant miners’ experiences in Gauteng.

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How Unpopular Policies are Made: Examples from South Africa, Singapore and Bangladesh

September 14, 2018 0 Comments

In this article the authors contribute to the emerging knowledge on migration policy-making in two ways. Firstly, they address the relative lack of research on the gendered nature of migration policy-making. Secondly, they contribute to understanding migration policymaking in postcolonial contexts.

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Securing Borders: The danger of blurring global migration governance and health security agendas in Southern Africa

September 12, 2018 0 Comments

This paper explores the potential risks associated with the blurring of global migration governance and health security agendas in Southern Africa, a region associated with high levels of population mobility, communicable, and – increasingly – non-communicable diseases.

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Necessary Labour, Unwanted Humans: Migrant workers and Qatar’s FIFA World Cup

September 10, 2018 0 Comments

Some people are needed but undesirable. When ‘rich’ industrialised countries experience labour shortages, they turn to ‘poor’ developing countries and their people to fill these gaps. This is the premise of the documentary film The Workers Cup: Inside the Labor Camps of Qatar a Tournament for Workers.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 16, 2018)

September 6, 2018 0 Comments

In this issue, as with the previous ones, Izwi Lethu: Our Voice continues to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work and educate not only Sisonke members but also other sex workers and the general public about the challenges encountered in the industry.

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Screening of The Workers Cup film documentary

August 14, 2018 0 Comments

We invite you to the screening of the documentary The Workers Cup: Inside The Labor Camps of Qatar A Tournament for Workers, which will be followed by a discussion with one of the producers of the documentary Ramzy Haddad.

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Migration and health: a global public health research priority

August 13, 2018 0 Comments

Drawing on discussions with policy makers, research scholars, civil society, and United Nations agencies that attended the 2nd Global Consultation on Migration and Health – held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2017 – the authors emphasize the urgent need for quality research on international and domestic (in-country) migration and health to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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‘If this isn’t for my children, who is it for?’ Exploring experiences of structural violence among migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg

August 6, 2018 0 Comments

This article examines the vulnerabilities and forms of structural violence experienced by migrant mothers who sell sex.

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Voetsek! screening sparks dialogue

July 13, 2018 0 Comments

In commemoration of World Refugee Day (20 June), ACMS screened Voetsek! Us, Brothers?, which was a documentary shot telling the in-depth stories of victims and perpetrators of xenophobic violence during 2008 and 2015 in South Africa.

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“Gender Refugees” in South Africa: The “Common-Sense” Paradox, in: Africa Spectrum

July 4, 2018 0 Comments

This article is the runner up for the UFS/AS Young African Scholars Award. Join us in congratulating maHp/ ACMS postdoctoral researcher B Camminga for this great achievement, along with their recent selection as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans.

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Impressions of China’s high octane urbanisation drive

maHp/ACMS postdoctoral researcher Khangelani Moyo chronicles his experiences and reflections of a recent study tour of three Chinese cities, namely, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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B Camminga one of the M&G 200 Young South Africans

June 30, 2018 0 Comments

maHp’s postdoctoral fellow B Camminga has been selected as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for 2018.

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“Voetsek! Us, Brothers?” Screening

June 12, 2018 0 Comments

The Migration and Health Project (maHp) of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand invites you to the screening of Voetsek! Us, Brothers?

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Labels, victims, and insecurity: an exploration of the lived realities of migrant women who sell sex in South Africa

June 4, 2018 0 Comments

Based on research work among cross-border migrant women who sell sex in South Africa, this paper examines the ways in which the label ‘victim’ of human trafficking ignores the complex realities of human mobility.

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Connecting the Dots: Cultivating a Sustainable Interdisciplinary Discourse Around Migration, Urbanisation, and Health in Southern Africa

May 18, 2018 0 Comments

This chapter describes the authors’ experiences in connecting a group of emerging Southern African scholars around the inherently interdisciplinary field of migration, urbanisation and health.

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“Container” carries migrants’ journey into virtual realm at IDFA

May 14, 2018 0 Comments

Directed by Simon Wood and Meghna Singh, “Container” takes a hybrid approach to documenting the experiences of migrants risking everything in search of a better life, presenting their stories through a unique combination of virtual reality and installation art.

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Want to know more about migration?

May 14, 2018 0 Comments

What are the causes and consequences of migration and displacement? What methods of enquiry are appropriate for studying migration? Are migration and human mobility in Africa different from similar processes elsewhere?

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‘We have the research but where is the influence?’ Constraints and opportunities for evidence-based policy impact in South Africa

May 7, 2018 0 Comments

This paper explores the research uptake and advocacy experiences of researchers and activists working on three unpopular and politically contentious causes; immigration, human trafficking and sex work – in a post-colonial context of South Africa.

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[Re]-presenting knowledge: The coverage of xenophobia research in selected South African newspapers, 2008 -2013

May 3, 2018 0 Comments

This study explores the [re]-presentation of xenophobia research findings in two popular South African newspapers: the Mail & Guardian and the Sowetan from 2008 to 2013.

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‘Youth On The Move: Reframing and representing youth migration’ conference

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

Youth migration is becoming an increasingly important phenomenon in transnational migration studies. However, when it is discussed there is a normative assumption that parental neglect is the cause. On April 13 an interdisciplinary conference – titled ‘Youth On The Move: Reframing and representing youth migration’ – sought to disrupt the adult bias in migration literature.

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Sex work decrim discussions continue

March 30, 2018 0 Comments

The decriminalisation of sex work discussions continue in South Africa. One of these discussions was organised by the Gauteng Office of the Premier as a Roundtable on Decriminalisation of Sex Work, held on the 23rd of March 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Sports Hall.

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How poetry can represent research

March 21, 2018

Today is World Poetry Day, and in South Africa, where I live and work it is Human Rights Day, a national public holiday commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. Is there way poetry and human rights can come together? And is there a way that poetry can be used as part of research on rights-based issues?

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Repoliticizing international migration narratives? Critical reflections on the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development

March 12, 2018 0 Comments

This paper draws on Pécoud’s international migration narratives (IMN) as an analytical framework to examine the Global Forum on Migration and Development’s Civil Society Days (GFMD-CSD).

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8 projects to increase vital knowledge about women’s health

March 8, 2018 0 Comments

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Wellcome Trust Foundation highlights the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) as one of the vital projects it funds to explore the health experiences of women from different backgrounds around the world.

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Call for Artist Fellowships

March 6, 2018 0 Comments

maHp is looking to award up to five Artist Fellowships. The fellowships aim to support work that explores the role of art in promoting migration and health related research, and new knowledge uptake through public engagement. Closing date 31 March 2018.

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“I’m not a feisty bitch, I’m a feminist!” Feminism in AWAKE! Women of Africa

February 19, 2018 0 Comments

Although being an African, a sex worker and a feminist are often considered to be incongruent identities, in certain embodiments they intersect and inform each other. This Profile highlights what feminism can learn from analysing sex workers’ rights activism among a group of Cape Town-based sex worker feminists called AWAKE! Women of Africa.

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Call for Papers: Needs and Care Practices for Refugees and Migrants

February 13, 2018 0 Comments

In partnership with Ghent University’s Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) maHp will be hosting this first annual conference on Needs and Care Practices for Refugees and Migrants in Belgium on 17-19 September.

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Sex Workers Organising for Change: Self-representation, community mobilisation, and working conditions (SA chapter)

February 7, 2018 0 Comments

In the South Africa chapter of this Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) report, maHp researcher and PhD candidate Ntokozo Yingwana documents how the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and national sex worker movement Sisonke deal with human trafficking in the sex industry.

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‘MoVE 2017: Two Arts-based Research Projects’ exhibition launch

February 1, 2018 0 Comments

VIDEO: On 21 November 2017 the ”Two Arts-based Research Projects’ exhibition was launched at the Workers’ Museum (Newtown).

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Mwangaza Mama: meaning and moments

January 30, 2018 0 Comments

So after a discussion the women chose “Mwangaza Mama”. “Mwangaza”, a Swahili word that translates literally as “light”. However, the women also described it as meaning “joy”, “love” and “caring”. “Mama is a term of respect used for all women – with or without children” they told us.

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40 000 words completed: My MA journey with maHp

January 29, 2018 0 Comments

My MA studies in Migration and Displacement came to a happy ending when I submitted my thesis in March 2017, after one good year of reading, writing and fieldwork.

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Call for applications: Part-time Research Assistant

January 24, 2018 0 Comments

The Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) is looking for research assistant to work on a public engagement project. This position would suit a doctoral student in their first year of registration working on migration and health. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Wednesday 31st January 2018.

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Psychosocial effects of forced migration

December 7, 2017 0 Comments

PODCAST: maHp/ ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey examines the effects of forced migration on people’s health and emotional well-being.

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Tango with HIV

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

PODCAST: In commemoration of World AIDS Day (1 December), maHp/ ACMS post-doctoral researcher Dudu Ndlovu shares her poem on HIV/AIDS.

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Celebrating sex workers’ stories at the Workers’ Museum

November 29, 2017 0 Comments

The Izwi Lethu team reflects on the recent launch of the MoVE: Methods: Visual: Explore exhibition at the Workers’ Museum.

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Evaluation of the Option B+ PMTCT programme for HIV-positive mothers

November 24, 2017 0 Comments

maHp PhD candidate Melanie Bisnauth presented her research on the ‘Evaluation of the new Option B+ PMTCT programme for HIV infected women at hospital facilities’, at the AIDSImpact Conference, held earlier this month in Cape Town. These are the findings she builds on for her doctoral research.

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