GPU and the Teaching Team of POL334 Migration and the Politics of Belonging’
are excited to invite you to listen to a cluster of brilliant third year students showcasing the
written and visual work they developed as part of the module.

POL334 had two central objectives. The first was for students to rethink the politics behind the everyday production of myths and narratives on contemporary migration and mobility
The second, for them to bring attention to how their everyday lives have been shaped
through various mobilities, encounters and connections, eventually prompting a shift
away from fixed and sedentary imaginaries of home and belonging.

By showcasing some of the best written and visual work that came out of this
pedagogical experiment, we aim to start a conversation on the benefits and
Challenges of moving in and out the tick boxes of academic writing and
onto the politics involved in encouraging students to reflect on the self.

Francis Bancroft 2.40

5-7 pm

Original Artwork: Sarah Pereda Morilla


For its first “In Conversation” event on 23 January 2023, GPU discussed the meaning of “stuckness” with Olivia Umurerwra Rutazibwa, Laleh Khalili, and Razan Ghazzawi. The conversation revolved around its various political (carcerality, migration, the covid-19 pandemic) and academic implications.

Speakers :

Dr. Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa, Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Politics, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Professor Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Razan Ghazzawi, Associate Tutor, Media, Arts and Humanities, Gender Studies, University of Sussex

Episode 3 – Women in International Thought: GPU in Conversation with Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Episode 3 – Women in International Thought: GPU in Conversation with Professor Kimberly Hutchings

In this episode, GPU discusses Professor Kimberly Hutchings’s latest book centering on the place of women in international thought. Co-edited with Patricia Owens, Katharina Rietzler, and Sarah Dunstan, Women’s International Thought: towards a new canon takes the form of an anthology visiting the way women transformed the practice of international relations from the early to the mid-20th century period and explores the impact of women in important areas of International Relations, ranging from diplomacy and foreign policy to religion and ethics.

The book is available at Cambridge University Press: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/abs/womens-international-thought-towards-a-new-canon/womens-international-thought-towards-a-new-canon/2420E2DEF69F45DA8D99FE1DA2BD61C3

UPDATE – LINES EXHIBITION (co-sponsored by GPU) – Opening Hours

Following the successful launch of Dr Holly Eva Ryan’s exhibition LINES: Making Friends; Crossing Borders, the exhibition space will be open to walk-ins in February during the following slots:

  • 30th January week
    • Thursday: 10am-4pm
    • Friday: 10am-1pm
  • 6th February week
    • Monday, Tuesday: 10am-4pm
    • Wednesday: 10am-1pm
  • 13th & 20th February weeks
    • Monday: 10am-4pm
    • Friday: 10 am-1pm

You can visit LINES at other times by appointment.

Please email H.Ryan@qmul.ac.uk for booking and enquiries.

EVENT – GPU In Conversation – Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind. Zaatari Village, Jordan.

Film Screening and Discussion

You are warmly invited to GPU’s second ‘in-conversation’ event.

Join us for the London-debut screening of

Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind. Zaatari Village, Jordan.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on urban refugees, humanitarian architecture and creative methods.

When: Wednesday 8 February, 6pm

Where: Hitchcock Theatre, Arts One, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London.

To be followed by a drinks reception in Arts One Foyer.


Aya Musmar (Petra University/UCL)

Olivia Mason (Newcastle University)

Omar Jabary-Salamanca (University of Brussels)

Hannah Owens (QMUL)

Acting for Change International – a local organisation based in Zaatari Village – produced four mini documentary-style films which speak to the theme of ‘Leave No One Behind’. The films focus on Zaatari Village, a rural host community adjacent to Zaatari refugee camp and the Syrian border. The Film Mosaic is an opportunity to explore how refugee governance is reflected in the ways residents design and build homes, streets, neighbourhoods, and their environment. Urban refugee issues intertwine with larger socio-economic injustices, including systemic gender discrimination, structural racism, and inequality based on mobility. The films were screened in October during the opening week of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival: Global Film Competition.


The Leave No One Behind Agenda is the central, transforming promise in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It represents the unequivocal commitment of all UN Member States to eradicate poverty in all its forms, end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that undermine the potential of humans and other living beings. The Film Mosaic aims at documenting solutions to these forms of discrimination, creating an understanding of the diversity of the reality in which the LNOB agenda must be resolved. This includes generating new knowledge and insight about sustainable cities, residential areas, buildings, building materials, infrastructure, and other urban practices that promote the fight against inequality.

*Sponsored by Global Politics Unbound and QMUL Impact


GPU is proud to co-sponsor Dr Holly Ryans’ Lines: Making Friends; Crossing Borders exhibition, which will happen throughout February 2023 at the Bloc (Arts One, ground floor).

There will be a launch event and private viewing at 5 pm on 31st January 2023, an event that will be chaired by fellow GPU member Dr Sharri Plonski.

Please find below the registration link for the event:


BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize Winner – Hannah Owens

GPU is proud to see that fellow GPU member Hannah Owens has won the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference Student Paper Prize! Our winner will be mentored through a review process at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community. Hannah will have the opportunity of skipping the desk review process and have her paper directly submitted to external reviewers for the final decision about publication.

Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies

Hannah Owens’ paper, Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies, explores human mobility and security in the Mafraq Governorate (Jordan), interrogating the meaning of space in Amman, Zaatari village, and the road between the two. The paper contributes to critical and vernacular security studies, exploring rural people’s memories and accounts of the encounter with the state apparatus and its security infrastructures. Weaving ethnographic observations, fieldnotes and theoretical references, Owens offers a dense ethnographic engagement with the hierarchies that govern racialised and gendered bodies, and their differential ability to move and navigate space and territory.

More about the Student Paper Prize here: https://www.brismes.ac.uk/awards/brismes-conference-student-paper-prize


Global Politics Unbound would like to invite you to attend their launch on Wednesday, 19 October 2022, from 5 – 9 pm in the 7th Floor Common Room, Graduate Centre, Mile End.

Global Politics Unbound is a research group within Queen Mary University of London’s School of Politics and International Relations. It invites research on the uneven and entangled nature of international politics, the continuities and frictions of colonial and capitalist relations, the raced, classed and gendered structures that undergird our everyday practices, and the different struggles and actors that seek to transform them. Overall, the idea behind our collective work is to see the world as connected, and to explore what that means to the study of global politics.

On the night, we will be serving delicious nibbles, wine and soft drinks. We will also be running a photo competition showcasing your research through pictures, photos, or any image that best represents your current work. There are four prizes from Pages of Hackney to be won. Please send any images which you would be happy for us to share to spir-global-politics-unbound@qmul.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Global Politics Unbound

Email: spir-global-politics-unbound@qmul.ac.uk