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Side event: Scholars' Workshop

21-22 November 2023

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The 2023 Emerging Scholars Network Workshop is co-hosted by the UNSW's Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the Forced Migration Research Network. This hybrid workshop will be held over two days on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November at UNSW Sydney, following the Kaldor Centre Conference. Find out more and get tickets here.


Day 1 - Emerging Scholars Workshop (In-person and online)

Tuesday 21 November 9:00am - 5:00pm 


This hybrid workshop on Tuesday 21 November will feature over 20 emerging scholars showcasing new and original research. It is an opportunity to hear about work in progress and connect with a diverse range of researchers from around the world working in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. The workshop will be run in-person at the UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice in Sydney, with an informal dinner to be arranged in the evening. For participants who are unable to travel to the workshop, there is the opportunity for virtual attendance.

Day 2 - Research Methods Workshop (In-person only)

Wednesday 22 November 9:00am - 12:30pm

This in-person workshop on Wednesday 22 November is an opportunity for emerging scholars to learn more about research methods and approaches relevant to research in refugee and forced migration studies. The workshop is co-hosted by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee law and the Forced Migration Research Network and this year will focus on trauma-informed approaches to research. Please consult the program for further information about the sessions when it becomes available.

Day 2 - Emerging Scholars Network Inaugural Bushwalk

Wednesday 22 November 1:00pm - 5:00pm

To finish the Emerging Scholars Network Workshop for 2023, we have organised a social bushwalk in partnership with Emu Trekkers - Australia's first not-for-profit outdoors tour operator and a licensed Ecopass tour operator in the National Parks around Sydney. This is a great chance to stretch the legs and get to know one another as we hike for 7km on the La Perouse Coastal Track in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. This walk is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness and will take around 3-4 hours to complete, including rests. Please bring closed shoes with good grip, a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat. An alternative social event will be planned in the event of significant wet weather. Please note that there are risks involved in this activity. By registering and attending this hike, it is understood that you have read, understood and considered Emu Trekkers' Waiver (see and agree to its terms.


Organised in partnership with the Forced Migration Research Network

The Forced Migration Research Network is a network of scholars based predominantly in the Faculties of Arts, Design and Architecture and Law and Justice at UNSW. We are an interdisciplinary network working across the social sciences, history, philosophy, media and film studies, criminology, cultural studies, education, and social psychology. We partner with civil society organisations, service providers, government bodies and international actors to undertake our research, policy, training, and advocacy activities.

The Network's objectives include:

  • supporting and working in partnership with refugee communities and forced migrants

  • building strong partnerships with organisations in the refugee sector

  • implementing our commitment to participatory, gender and diversity-sensitive rights-based research

  • fostering deeper collaboration across the different research areas

  • showcasing the diversity of innovative work undertaken at UNSW, and

  • building on and extending industry and academic partnerships

  • collaborating with the Forced Migration Research Students Network (FMRSM) composed of postgraduate scholars

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