Keynote Speakers

Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps 

Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Glasgow, UK | Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) | Principal Investigator for  AHRC project  ‘Researching Multilingually’ | UNESCO Chair: Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts


Integrating the Disintegrated: Hearing Migratory Aesthetics in the Unspoken and Unspeakable.

“ We lost our breath among the hostile winds” (Kofi Anyidoho)

To have voice is strongly equated with the having of agency. To be able to control the means of representation and of presentation is strongly equated with having power. To speak up against injustice is a sign of advocacy and courage. This paper will consider the ways in which these assumptions disintegrate under different circumstances of migration and how their traces are born in and held through history. Reflecting on work with Tuhoe Maori and Te Reo Maori, on work in Gaza and in Ghana as well as amongst refugee populations in Calais and Glasgow this paper will consider what it means to have a heritage and more importantly what it means to speak of this heritage. It will work with artistic forms and poetry in order to tell the story of work which problematizes languages and questions of settlement, power and loss.

The work draws on research undertaken with the Translating Cultures grant awarded by the AHRC: ‘Researching multilingually at the borders of the body, language, law and the state’. Read more about Alison’s AHRC project here.


Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET). She is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Waikato University, Aotearoa New Zealand. And Principal Investigator for the AHRC Large Grant ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the body, law and the state.’ In 2011 she was voted ‘Best College Teacher’ by the student body and received the Universities ‘Teaching Excellence Award’ for a Career Distinguished by Excellence. In 2012 she received an OBE for Services to Education and Intercultural and Interreligious Relations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

She has undertaken work in Palestine, Sudan, Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, USA, Portugal, Ghana. She has produced and directed theatre and worked as creative liturgist with the World Council of Churches from 2008-2011 for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. She is regularly advises public, governmental and third sector bodies on migration and languages policy.

She is author of numerous books and articles and a regular international keynote speaker and broadcaster. Her first collection of poetry, Through Wood  was published in 2009.

Recent scholarly publications include:


Charles Forsdick

James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool | AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’


Penal heritage and the afterlives of ‘forced’ mobility

The paper draws on work from an ongoing AHRC/LABEX project on ‘Dark tourism’ in comparative perspective: sites of suffering, sites of memory. Bringing together a team of researchers from the UK, France and Australia, this research considers the limitations of the concept of ‘dark tourism’ by exploring it in a cross-cultural frame, comparing a variety of sites and seeking to understand them in their political and historical contexts. The paper explores the current growth of interest in penal heritage, and underlines the extent to which this is (or is not) characterized by competing narratives, not only of the incarcerated but also of those on whose lives their stories are overlaid. There is, for instance, increasing historiographic interest in the global histories of incarceration, but the development of penal heritage sites in the French DOMs and overseas territories often fails to capture the passages de non-retour of Vietnamese prisoners in New Caledonia or of North Africans in French Guiana. The paper concludes by considering the competing regimes of mobility with which locations associated with penal heritage must grapple, both historical and – in the context of contemporary tourism – modern.


Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, and has been since 2012 Arts & Humanities Research Council Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’. He currently leads an AHRC/LABEX project, with partners in Paris and Tasmania, on ‘Dark tourism’ in comparative perspective: sites of suffering, sites of memory. He has published on travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial literature and the cultures of slavery. He is also a specialist on Haiti and the Haitian Revolution. Publications include:

He has also edited and co-edited a number of volumes, including:

Other recent roles include Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (2010–2013) and President of the Society for French Studies (2012–2014). Charles is also member of the Academy of Europe.

Mármora CSM

Lelio Alberto Mármora

Director of the Institute for Migration and Asylum Policies (IPMA), from the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF – DNM)

International migration policies in South America: Historical process and current status

Lelio Alberto Mármora is a Sociologist who graduated in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from the National University of Buenos Aires, 1967. He gained a Doctorate degree in sociology in 1969 from the University of Paris. Dr Mármora has held the roles of National Director for Migrations of the Argentine Republic from 1973 to 1974; Director of the National Statistics and Censuses Institute of the Argentine Republic, from 2003 to February 2007; representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the Southern Cone, from 1987 to 2002 and consultant on migration policies for the ILO, UNHCR, OAS, OEI, IDB, ECLAC and UNFPA.

Currently Dr Mármora serves as Director of the Institute for Migration and Asylum Policies (IPMA), from the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF – DNM); Director of the Specialization and Master’s Degree in International Policies and Management of International Migration, IPMA – UNTREF and Professor of Policies and governance of international migration for the The National Foreign Service Institute (ISEN) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic.