• Dutch premiere of CONTAINED Project at NvdV 1 May 2017 CONTAINED Project is having its Dutch premiere! During the Nacht van de Vluchteling (Night of the Refugee) in Amsterdam, CONTAINED Project will perform The Extraordinary Queuing Experience in collaboration with BOOST Ringdijk and local actors of refugee-, migrant-, and non-migrant background. Read more
  • Interview in De Groene Amsterdammer 20 April 2017 Journalist Sanne Bloemink of the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer spoke with academics who are looking for innovative ways to start dialogues with citizens about sensitive issues: climate change, vaccinations, and also migration. We had a great conversation about Contained Project, which features in the article! Read more
  • Book published on Return Migration to Afghanistan 22 February 2017 My book Return Migration to Afghanistan: Moving Back or Moving Forward?, in which I argue that seeing Afghan return migration as a tool for both development and migration management is shortsighted and counterproductive, is now published by Palgrave Macmillan. In an Op-Ed for News Deeply, I discuss the findings of my book in relation to the current renewed Afghan exodus alongside mass deportations. Read more
  • Looking back on CONTAINED Project 2016 3 January 2017 CONTAINED Project was born and raised in 2016 – what a year it was! After taking a moment to look back, the project is ready to leave home and conquer the world in 2017. We kicked off in January 2016 with a taster performance at the International Migration Institute‘s 10th anniversary conference. We then developed the first part of our trilogy, Decisions and Journeys, in June, and performed pilot versions at an Oxford Migration Studies Society‘s event at the Pitt Rivers Museum and in the middle of Oxford’s Broad Street during the Oxfordshire Science Festival. In August, the second part of our trilogy, on Movement and Change, ... Read more
  • Deporting ‘illegal’ migrants: an open letter to President-elect Trump 11 November 2016 In an open letter to Donald Trump, I ask how America’s newly-elected President will follow through on his well-publicised campaign plans for deporting undocumented migrants. ”Your political victory is our academic failure as migration scholars’. Read more
  • EU–Afghanistan deportation–aid deal: Classic strategy or classic mistake? 9 October 2016 My blog on the EU-Afghan deportation-aid deal: I argue that the deal to link compliance with deportation to aid is both short-sighted and counterproductive, and represents a classic mistake in the conceptualising of the link between migration, development and peace-building. I urge leaders to reconsider what a real ‘win-win’ development scenario looks like for Afghanistan. Read more
  • CONTAINED in its exploratory phase 3 August 2016 Why do people move? What shapes public opinions about migration? And what can we do to create a dialogue on migration that leads to constructive responses to challenges in society? This multidimensional project that combines performance, academics and creative learning to create dialogues on migration. Read more
  • BOUND – physical theatre on human trafficking 20 February 2016 A physical theatre performance on human trafficking shows the potential of this kind of theatre to move and activate an audience on social issues. Read more
  • | CONTAINED | Would you have what it takes to be a migrant? 18 January 2016 I am very proud and excited to introduce CONTAINED, a project of theatre and research on migration. The reactions to the kick-off showed that champagne in a greenhouse can be an excellent metaphor for international migration. Read more
  • Je moet het zien, dan heb je geen woorden meer nodig 7 September 2015 Schoonzus Annemarie van Houte onderzoekt nieuwe asielzoekers op hun geestelijke en lichamelijke gezondheid. Als doorgewinterde verpleegkundige schrikt ze van wat ze tegen komt. “Ik hoop dat er mensen zijn die ook op de langere termijn deze asielzoekers willen bijstaan”. Read more