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IRiS International Conference

IRiS Conference 201423 - 25 June 2014

IRiS hosted the first international, interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity in Birmingham from 23-25 June 2014. The conference featured invited lectures, academic and policy panels, workshops and roundtables on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda. Read conference report.

IRiS Launch

Dr Jenny Phillimore at IRiS launch event13 June 2013

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity, IRiS, was officially launched on the 13th June 2013 at the Banqueting Suite in Birmingham City Council House. The event was attended by over 150 people representing a mix of local community groups, agencies and institutions, and academics from as far afield as Nicaragua and the US. More information and presentation slides are available.

Previous event reports


2/7/15: Rethinking integration: New perspectives on adaptation and settlement in an era of superdiversity
Speaker(s): Professor Stevan Hobfoll, Rush University, USA; Dr Aleksandra Kazlowska, University of Warsaw; Professor Louise Ryan, Middlesex University and Dr Alison Strang, Queen Margaret University, Scotland.

17/4/15: New migrant health beliefs, values and experiences
Speaker(s): Jenny Phillimore; Antje Lindenmeyer; Laura Griffith; Sabi Redwood

22/1/15: Inaugural lecture: 'Finding Common Ground: The benefits of diet and physical activity in reducing risks for obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in diverse communities'
Speaker: Professor Janice Lee Thompson, Professor of Public Health and Nutrition and Exercise

20/1/15: Migrant children and the politics of irregular migration in Malmo and Birmingham: Public seminar
Speaker(s): Jacob Lind, Dr Anna Lundberg and Dr Michael Strange, Malmo University


3/12/14: Assembling Samira: Queering sexual humanitarianism through experimental film making
Speaker(s) : Nick Mai, London Metropolitan University and Aix-Marseille

16/11/14: Varieties of religious superdiversity
Speaker(s) : Professor Martin Stringer, David Cheetham, Sarah Hall, Chris Allen (Birmingham); Linda Woodhead (Lancaster); Helen Hall (Cardiff) and Chris Baker (William Temple Foundation).

25/11/14: An invitation to Superdiversity: Health, wellbeing and superdiversity
Speaker(s) : Laura Griffith

24/11/14: Should I stay or should I go? The return migration of retired migrants from Spain
Speaker(s) : Jordi Giner Monfort, Universitat de Valencia, Spain

19/11/14: How can the law be expected to cope with Superdiversity?
Speaker(s) : Ralph Grillo, University of Sussex

6/11/14: Superdiversity and recent immigration: Pathways of settlement
Dr Susanne Wessendorf

6/11/14: Social Anchoring and Settlement: Adaptation and integration in Birmingham's new Polish community
Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska

5/11/14: Superdiversity and recent immigration: Pathways of settlement (London)
Dr Susanne Wessendorf

3/11/14: Religion and the City: Conversations about Birmingham's religious diversity
Dr Chris Allen

18/9/14 : Examining diet and physical activity behaviours amongst older adults through the lens of superdiversity
Speaker(s) : Professor Jenny Phillimore; Dr Elizabeth Williams; Dr Jose Lara; Professor Janice Thompson; Professor Joan Duda and Dr Antje Lindenmeyer

17/9/14 : Integration for who? Getting on in an era of Superdiversity - Inaugural lecture by Professor Jenny Phillimore

23-25/6/14 : IRiS International Conference - Superdiversity: Theory, method and practice in an era of change

9/4/14 : Seeking sanctuary in the UK and the Netherlands. A comparison of the impact of asylum and integration policies on refugee integration
Speaker: Linda Bakker from the University of Rotterdam

26/2/2014 : Seminar Series: Conviviality, encounter, diversity, migration: But where did race go? Thinking about multiculture by bringing sociologies of race and superdiversity together
Speaker: Sarah Neal, University of Surrey

12/2/14 : Seminar Series: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives
Speaker: Agnieszka Kubal, University of Oxford. Podcast available.

29/1/14 : Seminar Series: Making up a passport: hyper-documentation and the ethics of 'illegal' residence in Russia and Kyrgyzstan
Speaker: Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester

15/1/14 : Seminar Series: Beyond Reason: The philosophy and politics of immigration
Speaker: Philip Cole, University of the West of England and convened by Dr Nando Sigona and Dr Katherine Tonkiss, University of Birmingham. Podcast and Blog available.


4/12/13 : The future of diversity research: Roundtable
This roundtable was an opportunity for presenting the special issue of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power on ‘Ethnography, Diversity and the Urban Space’ edited by Berg, Gidley and Sigona.

13/6/13 : IRiS Launch 
Official launch event held at the Banqueting Suite in Birmingham City Council House and attended by over 150 people representing a mix of local community groups, agencies and institutions, and academics from as far afield as Nicaragua and the USA. More information and presentations

26/3/13 : Responding to contemporary multilingual realities (MOSAIC Conference) 
Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore presented a paper on 'Responding to the challenges of superdiversity and multilingualism in research practice' at the MOSAIC conference. More information and presentations

25/3/13 : EU Accession Migration: Taking stock and looking forward - the West Midlands Experience 
Event jointly organised by IRiS, the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, Migrants Rights Network and the Migrants in Rural Areas (MIRA) project).  More information and presentations 


5/11/12 : Migrant maternity in the age of superdiversity
Research undertaken by Jenny Phillimore explored the issues facing migrant women giving birth and the challenges experienced by service providers supporting them. More information and presentations 

24/10/12: Steven Vertovec Guest Lecture: Diversification and 'diversity': configurations, representations and encounters 
Steven Vertovec gave a guest lecture as part of the College of Social Science Distinguished Speaker series. More information and presentations

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