Social Networks and Belonging, June 10th at Keele

Social Networks and Belonging

Sociology Workshop

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

2.00pm – 5.30pm

Chancellor’s Building: CBA1.078/9

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and education events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary’ (Refugee Week nd). It involves thousands of people, institutions, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Last year Keele joined Refugee Week for the first time by hosting a weeklong photographic exhibition, an opening event with a musical performance and a poetry open mic night. Placing our university on the map alongside numerous institutions and cultural hubs across the country and building on previous success, this year Keele Refugee Week will be hosting an even richer programme of events.

As part of the national and Keele Refugee Week celebrations, this year Sociology will be hosting a half-day workshop to highlight research on the theme of social networks and belonging among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Presentations will examine the politics and performances of asylum within different domestic contexts, and attempt to unpack some of the complex relationships that form between ‘host’ and ‘guest’ and within migrant networks.

This free event aims to bring together academics, students, refugees and asylum seekers and those working with refugees and asylum seekers, and to encourage lively debate about the challenges and opportunities facing refugees in the UK.


2.00: Welcome and introduction

Dr Siobhan Holohan, Keele University

2.15: Presentations

Dr Jonathan Darling, Manchester University

Dispersal and Disruption:

The Challenges of Isolation within the Asylum Accommodation Model

Natalie Soleiman, PhD Candidate, Keele University

Seeking Refuge in the UK:

An Iranian Story of Asylum and Living in the ‘In-betweens’

3.30: Break for refreshments

3.45: Presentations

Dr Simon Goodman, Coventry University

The Role of Social Networks for Asylum Seekers in the Midlands

Dr Ala Sirriyeh, Keele University

‘This is in a way my birthplace’:

Young Refugee Women, Social Relationships and Networks

5.00: Exhibition

Discussion and art exhibition by women from the ‘Women Together’ project based in Huddersfield

(Refreshments will be available)

Admission is free; however, please confirm your attendance with Siobhan Holohan ( or Ala Sirriyeh ( by Monday, 1st June for catering purposes.

Find us on the first floor of Chancellor’s Building ‘A’ block: download campus map.

For more information about National Refugee Week go to:

For information about Keele Refugee Week activities go to:

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