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Category Archives: Blogs

Photo Essay: Life in the Calais Jungle

Misha Somerville (born 1980) came to photography and filmmaking in a roundabout manner, previously working as a musician and musical instrument maker. After 15 years of being in the privileged … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Closing Dungavel – a chance to end indefinite detention in Scotland?

by Jerome Phelps   In early September, the new Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced the closure of Dungavel, the only detention centre in Scotland.  The centre will be replaced in … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

November Interview: Report from Calais ‘Jungle’ eviction

This month we spoke to Jon. Jon is a Glaswegian passing through France on his way home from Galicia in Spain. Realising he would pass through Calais just days before … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film Series: Remembering The Nakba يوم النكبة 

This month GRAMNet and BEMIS collaborate to bring you two award-winning films as part of the international Day commemorating the Nakba in Palestine.  Nakba or يوم النكبة is Arabic for ‘catastrophe’ … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who’s the Expert? Challenge to Home Office use of language analysis to go to UK’s Supreme Court

Sarah Craig is a lecturer in law and GRAMNet’s co-convener. In the past, Sarah has conducted research funded by the Scottish Executive and the Nuffield Foundation. Language analysis is a tool used by … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: The fields are unsown

Alison Phipps is Co-Convener of GRAMNET and from 2008-2012 was an advisor to the World Council of Churches’s International Ecumenical Peace Convocation spiritual life working group as both an academic … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

We must invest in the currency of kindness towards our immigrants

Alison Phipps is GRAMNet’s co-convener and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow. She spoke on the future of immigration in Scotland at the Festival of Politics on … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

A country in the state of no state – but what makes a coup?

Reports say 38 prisoners, who were held after the occupation of the Fatah Mosque in Ramses Square on Friday, have been killed whilst being transported to prison in Cairo. This … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unprecedented violence in Egypt: where is the responsibility to protect?

International observers witnessed unprecedented violence against those demonstrating in downtown Cairo this weekend. In the early hours of the 17th August over one thousand people were rounded up in Cairo … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Migrants in Morocco: ‘Go Home or Face Death’

Sébastien Bachelet is a doctoral student in social anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research deals with social and political movements amongst sub-Saharan  migrants in the marginal neighbourhoods of Takadoum, … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · Leave a comment