Children Displaced Across Borders Lecture Series – Part II


As a response to the complexity and scope of child displacement occurring with the European Union-Western-Asian and Central America-Mexico-United States contexts, the Swansea University Center for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), together with the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People and the University of Houston, are building a research, policy, and practitioner-based collaborative under the umbrella title, Children Displaced Across Borders (CDAB).  

One of the primary goals of CDAB collaborative engagements is to build interdisciplinary academic support for needed and transformative change concerning legal and professional understanding of, and ability to effectively “embed” children’s rights in practices concerning children who have been displaced by conflict, human trafficking, and other forms of forced migration.

To increase awareness of the CDAB initiative, which includes a trans-Atlantic conference planned for November 2016, a CDAB Lecture Series was launched on March 15, 2016.  Dr. Melinda Lemke, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Wales Observatory, opened the series with an address titled, “(Dis)placement and Vulnerability of Youth and Women in the U.S.-Mexico Borderland.”  A keynote talk titled, Undocumented Children and Families across the Southern Border of the United States,” was given by Ann Webb, social work PhD student at the University of Houston.  Closing remarks were offered by Dr. Sergei Shubin, Swansea University Associate Professor of Geography and CMPR Director.      

The second seminar in the CDAB Lecture Series was held on April 20, 2016.  This lecture featured Dr. Vicki Squire, Reader in International Security at the Department of Politics and International Studies, at the University of Warwick.  Dr. Squire’s talk centered on the violence of contemporary border security practices and migrant deaths across “deserts and seas.” She focused her lecture around research conducted in the Sonoran Desert (US-Mexico) and the Mediterranean Sea (EU-North Africa), exploring similarities and differences between US and European practices of “governing migration through death.”  Looking at identification and burial practices in each context, Dr. Squire discussed the potential and limitations of interventions and offered suggestions for what might be understood as a broader “crisis of humanism.”

A third seminar is scheduled for June 2016. 

Information about the CDAB Lecture Series and November 2016 conference can be directed to Jane Williams, Swansea University Associate Professor of Law and Wales Observatory Co-Director, at or Dr. Sergei Shubin, Swansea University Associate Professor of Geography and CMPR Director, at