Papers

Invited Seminars and Papers

  • Life Histories, Memories, Mobilities and Material Cultures: Exploring Different Ways of Narrating and ‘Archiving’ Migration Experiences, invited keynote for University of Copenhagen workshop, ‘Migration, Memory and the Archive’, 19-20/11/15
  • Crossing National Borders and Disciplinary Boundaries: History, Geography and Transnational Migration, invited paper for IMISCOE Transnational Migration Practices conference ‘Transnational Migration: Disciplinary Impacts’, University of Malmö, 29-30/01/15
  • Moving Things: Cross-Border Materiality in the Lives of Polish and Zimbabwean Migrants, invited paper for ‘Ethnicity, Race and Racism’ seminar series, Edge Hill University, 10/12/14
  • The Ryanair Dimension: noticing the significance of budget flight time-spaces in contemporary Polish migration, invited paper for ‘Budget Airline Culture’ Symposium, Nottingham Trent University, 19/06/14
  • Lost in the ‘churn’?: finding everyday neighbourliness in a transient neighbourhood, invited paper for ‘The Future of Social Relations’ conference, University of Sheffield, 21-23/05/14
  • Cultures of Sending: The Material Networks of Polish and Zimbabwean Migrants, Geography and Planning Seminar Series, University of Liverpool, 13/02/14
  • Five Journeys: the changing contexts of being Polish in the UK, c.1939-2010, Local Population Studies Society, Autumn Conference 2013, University of Lancaster 16/11/13
  • Cultures of Sending: The Material Networks of Polish and Zimbabwean Migrants, Geography Seminar Series, Manchester Metropolitan University, 29/10/13
  • Uncomfortable Times: Locating Fear, Anxiety and Indignity in Socialist Poland, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) 2013 annual conference, London, 28-30/08/13.
  • Materialising Place and Space in the Migration Experience, invited paper for migration session Annual Conference of American Geographers (AAG), Los Angeles 9-13/04/13
  • Discussant, ‘Doing Cultural Geography’, Annual Conference of American Geographers (AAG), Los Angeles 9-13/04/13
  • Learning from the Materiality of the Polish Migration Experience, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 24/01/13
  • Feeling and Furnishing the Border: The Corporeal and Material Travel Encounters of Post-Socialist Polish Migrants, invited paper for Borders session, Annual Conference of American Geographers (AAG), New York, 24-28/02/12
  • Filling the Border-spaces of Migration: Shifting Material Contexts of Polish Migration, invited paper for the ‘Borderlands: Identity, Citizenship and European Union Policy’ seminar series, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 16/01/12
  • Narrating Post-Socialist ‘Transition’: Contextualising Migration from Poland to the UK, Polish Cultural Festival Public Lecture, sponsored by the Polish Consulate, Edinburgh, 14/10/11
  • The Enchantment of Western Things: Children’s Material Encounters in Late Socialist Poland, ‘Material Circulations’ Geography Research Group workshop, Durham University, 30/6/10
  • Uncomfortable Times: Anxiety and Indignity in Socialist and Transitioning Poland, Geography and History joint seminar series, University of Aberdeen, 29/4/10
  • From Poland to the UK: Changing Experiences of Migration and Settlement, Immigration and National Identity in British History: Europe, Empire and Commonwealth workshop, St. Anthony’s College Oxford, 18/1/10
  • Discussant, ‘Post-Accession Migration in Europe: Geographical Perspectives’, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, 19/6/09
  • ‘We are Italians but we don’t have nothing in common’: Social Ties and Cultural Identities in a Small Italian Community, ‘In and out of Italy: The Language and Culture of Migrants’, conference, The Italian Cultural Institute, London, 14-15/11/08
  • Travelling for Migration: The Time-Spaces of Polish Migration Journeys to Britain, Seminar Series, Sociology, Brunel University, 11/11/08
  • Geopolitical and Material Journeys: Post-Socialist Migration from Poland to Britain, Seminar Series, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, 27/2/08
  • The State of Current Research into Polish Migration, ‘Temporary Migration and Community Cohesion: Migration from East-Central to Western Europe’ workshop, University of Bath, 7/1/08  
  • Crossing Cold War Boundaries: Political and Material Journeys from Socialist Poland to Britain, Seminar Series, History, University of Teesside, 3/5/07
  • Putting 2004 in Context: Polish Migration to Britain before and after EU Accession, ‘New Europeans under scrutiny: Polish migration to the UK’, History and Governance Research Institute, University of Wolverhampton, 2/2/07
  • Negotiating East and West: Polish migration to Britain before and after 2004, for the ‘New Migrants, Settled “Communities” and Changing Locales in the EU’ Seminar Series, Sociology, Oxford Brookes University, 7/11/06

Convened Conferences and Conference Sessions

  • Materialised Remittances and Objects of Aid: Exploring Sent and Received Things in Times of Crisis and Hardship, sessions co-convenor for IMISCOE 12th annual Conference, Geneva, 25-27/06/15
  • Socialist and Post-Socialist Mobilities, sessions co-convenor for RGS-IBG 2010 annual conference, Post-Socialist Geographies Research Group, London, 2/9/10
  • Home, Migration and the City: New Narratives, New Methodologies, co-convened European Science Foundation funded international conference, Linkoping, Sweden, 6-10/08/10
  • Beyond Home and Family: Alternative Spaces of Ethno-Consumption, sessions convenor for RGS-IBG 2009 annual conference, Social and Cultural Geography and Population Geography Research Groups, Manchester, 26-28/8/09
  • Geographical Imaginings of ‘Europe’ in the 21st century, sessions co-convenor for RGS-IBG 2007 annual conference, Post-Socialist Geographies Research Group, London, 30/8/07.
  • Three Years On: EU Accession and East European Migration to the UK and Ireland, De Montfort University, symposium 20-21/4/07
  • Immigration, History and Memory in Britain, co-convened conference, De Montfort University, 6-7/9/03

 

National Conferences (selected)

  • Home in Flux: Living and Belonging in a Mobile Place, ‘Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings’ conference, University of Sheffield, 12-13/10/15
  • Moving Things: Transnational Materiality in the Lives of Polish Migrants, ‘Polish Migrants’ Experiences of Life in the UK since 2004′ Conference, UCL, SSEES, 17-18/04/15
  • Living with Transience: Ongoing Encounters with Difference and the Difficulty of Belonging, ‘Living with Difference’ Conference, University of Leeds, 12-13/09/12
  • The Destabilisation of the Post-Industrial Urban Home: Everyday Life in a Transient Area of Leicester, ‘Unmaking Home’ sessions, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) 2012 annual conference, 3-5/07/12
  • Fleeting but Regular Encounters: Daily Experiences of Urban Neighbourliness and Belonging, ‘Encountering the City’ sessions, RGS-IBG 2012 annual conference, 3-5/07/12
  • Intergenerational Contexts of Post-Socialist Transition and Migration: Polish migrants’ narratives of inherited experiences, ‘Geographies: Spaces, Identities, Relationships, Encounters’ Conference, University of Leeds, 11/05/12
  • Going Steerage on Ryanair: Air Travel for Migration from Poland to the UK, ‘Geographies of the Passenger’ sessions, RGS-IBG 2009 annual conference, Manchester, 26-28/8/09
  • Understanding Polish Shops in the UK, ‘Beyond Home and Family: Alternative Spaces of Ethno-Consumption’ session, RGS-IBG 2009 annual conference, Manchester, 26-28/8/09
  • Contested Mobilities under Communism: Life-stories of Polish Migrants, ‘The Ghosts of the Past: Everyday Life Twenty Years after the Fall of Communism’, conference, University of East London, 11-12/6/09
  • Specialist shops, Home and Ethnic identity: East European Shops in the Lives of Polish Migrants, CHORD conference ‘Clone Towns? The High Street in Historical Perspective, University of Wolverhampton, 10-11/9/08
  • Furnishing while Travelling: Everyday Materiality in the Border Spaces of Migration, ‘Migration and Everyday Matters’, RGS-IBG 2008, London, 30/8/08
  • Im/mobile Bodies: Recounting Emigration from Poland to Britain, British Association of Slavic and East European Studies Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 31/3-2/4/07
  • European Women in Post-War Britain: Gendered Experiences of Migration and Settlement, Panel on Gender and Migration, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Reading, 31/3-2/4/06
  • Perceptions of Luxury in Socialist Poland, ‘Socialist Luxury’ One Day Symposium, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 20/1/06
  • Personal, Inherited, Collective: Layering Polish Memories of the Second World War, ‘Beyond Camps and Forced Labour – 60 Years On’, Imperial War Museum, London, 11-12/1/06
  • “They took us to Siberia”: Images of World War Two in Polish Émigré Memory, ‘The Future of Memory: An International Holocaust and Trauma Studies Conference’, University of Manchester, 10-12/11/05

 

International Conferences

  • As Much about Time as Space: Personal Worlds and Life Stages in Contemporary Polish Migration, ‘Transnational identities – cities unbound – migrations redefined’, CRONEM and Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland 6-8/10/06.
  • Performing and Consuming the Nation in the Polish Diaspora, The European Social Science History Conference, ‘Nations and Nationalism’ Network, Amsterdam, 22-25/3/06.
  • History and Transnationalism: Investigating the Polish Population in Britain, Social Science History Association Annual Conference, ‘Migration/Immigration’ Network, Portland, OR, 3-6/11/05.
  • “I have no idea how anyone can manage to live”: Emigrant narratives of socialist and post-socialist Poland, ‘Commodity, Consumer, Entrepreneur: Women and the Marketplace’, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 24-5/6/05.