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UNESCO RILA Sofa Café #5 - Health and Hospitality

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Open discussion with Selina Hales, Vivienne Anderson, Mohamed Omar and others TBC, led by Prof Alison Phipps

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In this fifth edition of the UNESCO RILA Sofa Cafés, Professor Alison Phipps , holder of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA) at the University of Glasgow, will enter into conversation with Selina Hales (Refuweegee), Mohamed Omar (Mental Health Foundation), Vivienne Anderson (University of Otago) and other still to be confirmed, to discuss the link between health and hospitality.

This UNESCO RILA Sofa Cafés are a series of discussions around topics that touch on integration through languages and the arts. These informal discussions will be held on Zoom: the link will be in the confirmation email. Audience members are being encouraged to join in and ask their own questions to the panellists.

The Sofa Cafés are held on a monthly basis. The next scheduled episodes are on:

Tuesday 23 March 2021 - Migration and Arts: A closer look at the MiDEQ Project

Thursday 22 April 2021 - Arts and Integration: examples from around the world

Biographies of the speakers:

Selina Hales

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Mohamed Omar

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Vivienne Anderson

Vivienne Anderson is a fourth-generation descendent of English, Scottish and Irish tauiwi, or settlers to Aotearoa New Zealand. Her home is in Ōtepoti Dunedin — a city built on the land of Ngāi Tahu Māori. Formerly a primary school teacher, she became interested in educational mobilities after moving to the USA as an international scholar’s partner, new mother and secondary alien. In 2008, she completed a doctorate in Education and Anthropology at the University of Otago, in Southern Aotearoa New Zealand, and since then, she has worked at the University of Otago in the fields of Health, Education and Higher Education. Currently Vivienne is Associate Dean at the University of Otago College of Education, where she teaches across teacher education and education studies programmes, and researches questions at the intersection of mobilities, politics, policy, teaching, learning and care. Currently, Vivienne is Principle Investigator on a three-year participatory action research project, funded by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, that involves collaboration with senior secondary school students from refugee backgrounds in Southern Aotearoa New Zealand, and colleagues from the NGO, policy and wider education sectors. Together, they are working to identify factors that disrupt and facilitate students’ education pathways, and to craft ways of challenging education policies and practices that alienate. You can read about Vivienne’s project here.

Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps holds the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow where she is also Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and one of the founding members of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET). She is Co-Chair of the AHRC GCRF Advisory board and recipient of a number of GCRF grants as both PI and Co I working in Zimbabwe, Gaza, Ghana, Uganda and with refugees in the UK. Most recently she was appointed Co-Director and Co-I for the £20 million UKRI GCRF South South Migration Inequality and Development Hub.

Alison chairs the New Scots Core Group for Refugee Integration in partnership with Scottish Government, COSLA and Scottish Refugee Council; She Co-Chairs AHRC GCRF Advisory Board and she is an Ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council.

She is author of numerous academic books and articles and a regular international keynote speaker and broadcaster, including most recently, Decolonising Multilingualism: Struggles to Decreate, with Multilingual Matters. Her first collection of poetry, Through Wood was published in 2009, with a further collection - The Warriors who do not Fight was published in 2018, with co-author Tawona Sitholé.

In 2018 she was awarded the De Carle Visiting Professorship at Otago University, 2017 she was appointed Adjunct Professor of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology. In 2016 she was appointed ‘Thinker in Residence’ at the EU Hawke Centre at University of South Australia. She was the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013, and is Adjunct Professor of Tourism. 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. In 2019 she was awarded the Minerva medal by the Royal Society of Philosophy. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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