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The Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe. Media, Public Discourse & Policy

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Tuesday 15 November 2022

2pm - 3.15pm




Online study


Institute for Social Responsibility

Book cover of 'The Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe'

The Institute for Social Responsibility, in collaboration with Migration Working Group North West and Culture, Power & Inclusion Research Group at Edge Hill University UK cordially invite you to ‘The Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe. Media, Public Discourse and Policy’, an online discussion and book launch. Building on the findings of Ruxandra Trandafoiu’s new book (Routledge 2022) that traces the evolution of migration policies across Eastern Europe through communication, public debate and political strategy, this event aims to delineate a future research programme that focuses on the new challenges Eastern Europe faces in relation to migration, displacement and mobility.

This event will take place via Zoom

In association with our partners:

Migration Working Group North West

Culture, Power & Inclusion Research Group at Edge Hill University

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  • Florian Bieber is a Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He holds a Jean Monnet Chair in the Europeanisation of Southeastern Europe. He is the coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and has been providing policy advice to international organisations, foreign ministries, donors and private investors. He studied Political Science and History at Trinity College (USA), the University of Vienna, and Central European University (Budapest). He has worked for the European Centre for Minority Issues and taught at Kent University (UK). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the LSE and New York University, and held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University. Recent publications include Debating Nationalism (Bloomsbury 2020) and The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans (Palgra  ve 2020) and Negotiating Unity and Diversity in the European Union (Palgrave 2021, with Roland Bieber).

  • Kathy Burrell is Professor of Migration Geographies at the University of Liverpool, UK, with interests in migration governance, mobility, material culture and home, and is a specialist in Polish migration particularly. She is currently working on three different projects – an AHRC funded project ‘Stay Home Stories’, investigating the impact of Covid-19 on experiences of ‘home’ among people with diverse migration and faith backgrounds in the UK; British Academy funded research on UK Poles’ navigations of the post-Brexit Settled Status schemes; and new research on hosting Ukrainian refugees in the UK. Recent publications include work on the Polish population in Sweden (Burrell, K. & Schweyher, M. 2021. Borders and bureaucracies of EU mobile citizenship: Polish migrants and the personal identification number in Sweden. Political Geography, 87, 102394), and the Covid-19 Stay Home Stories project report on Liverpool experiences  (Burrell, K. et al. 2021. At Home in Liverpool During COVID-19, QMUL: London).

  • Jo Crotty is Director of both Knowledge Exchange and ISR. Combined these are university-wide roles furthering excellence in research and knowledge exchange. Jo’s research interests lie in civil society development, corporate social responsibility, environmental management and state-society-business relations, predominantly in former Soviet Union countries, with particular focus on Russia and Ukraine. Jo has published circa 70 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, including British Journal of Management, Sociology, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Organization Studies. She has also presented papers at international conferences including Academy of Management Annual Meeting and the British Academy of Management where she has been nominated and won prizes. She has been awarded research funding from ESRC, where she is part of the review college, and the British Academy. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal.

  • Ruxandra Trandafoiu is Reader (Associate Professor) in Media and Communication at Edge Hill University, UK. She is a former Research Fellow of the Institute for Social responsibility at EHU. She researches the role of social media in the political engagement and activism of Eastern European diasporas, the political effect of Brexit on EU nationals in the UK, the impact of music and music policy on the identity of place in Eastern Europe and transmedia practices seen as practices of migration. Ruxandra is the author of Diaspora Online: Identity Politics and Romanian Migrants (Berghahn) and co-editor of Media and Cosmopolitanism (Peter Lang) and The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism (Routledge). Her new books are The Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe: Media, Public Discourse and Policy and Border Crossings and Mobilities on Screen, both published by Routledge in 2022.


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