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 and co-presentations with marginalised communities

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Kaur, K. (2021). "Editorial: Action Research and Academic Skills: Co-Creating with Refugee Women and Introducing the Writers." Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage 1(2).

Ismail, N. and K. Kaur (2021). "Health Inequities with Somali Women in Kuala Lumpur." Displaced Voices A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage 1(2).

Sultana, A. and K. Kaur (2021). "Lived Experiences of a Rohingya Journalist." Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage 1(2).

Husain, S., S. Shakirah and K. Kaur (2021). "Syedah’s Journey: From Child Marriage to Activist." Displaced Voices A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage 1(2).

Ally, P. and K. Kaur (2021). "Trauma and Criticality: How Stories Raise Our Consciousness and Can Heal Our Past." Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage 1(2).

Upcoming Publications 

Upcoming Publications
M. Al-Hajjar, K. Kaur, and M. J. Recalde-Vela (2024) "Confronting coloniality and restoring adab in the academy ."  Routledge Handbook of Decolonization Forthcoming book chapter 

H. Al-Akkra and K.Kaur (2024) The Endless Limbo of Education Activism: Border Regimes in Refugee Community Learning Centres in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, British Educational Research Association Journal  (status: accepted abstract and an invitation to submit to journal)

K.Kaur (unknown) Memories and Trauma in Fieldwork: violence and epistemic agency (status: rewriting chapter from PhD thesis as an article for submission)



Imaginaries of Law, Borders and Rights: Forced Migrant Voices of Change 

27th March 2024

I presented in the "New Frontiers in Legal Consciousness Studies" panel at the annual Social Legal Studies Association (SLSA) conference. In this presentation, I explored the transformative encounters between legal structures and the lived experiences of forced migrants. I'll explore how these interactions forge new understandings of law, rights, and borders, spotlighting the potent narratives of change and resilience voiced by marginalized communities. This presentation will dissect the dynamic interplay of legal consciousness and migrant agency, highlighting the innovative pathways to social justice and inclusion. 

Researchers in the Field: Memories of Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma

1st December 2022

I was invited to speak at the Den Haag FM radio show Dutch Buzz. During this show I was interviewed by Patricia Cardona (an activist on child sexual abuse prevention) about my own experiences of trauma and memories of child sexual abuse in the field during my PhD.[year]=2022&t[month]=11&t[day]=29&t[hour]=21&fbclid=IwAR2CfiJRYkhxVCBUSNRJvqV21_XcYGL1YSwGJUZrE8dge419SMvq1s6NaoM

Ghost Fleet

13th January 2020

Gave a short presentation and Q&A session on the documentary film Ghost Fleet. Discussed issues of human trafficking and the unseen side of the fisheries industry in South East Asia.

Troublesome Knowledge

13th November 2019

Presented 'Troublesome Knowledge; issues with referencing and plagiarism for exam boards and lecturers' for a teaching day on referencing, at International Institute of Social Studies, Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam

​The referencing questions such as how to deal with plagiarism, how to include activities to better increase student knowledge, and how to improve grading systems. 

My presentation titled 'Troublesome Knowledge' centred on an academic literacies approach and drawing on my own experience I highlighted a number of activities and strategies; such using source maps and microtasks to increase student knowledge and deal with their anxieties and insecurities around plagiarism. 

Forced Migration and Development

1st December 2015

Presented ‘Malema; forced migration and a legacy of violence and development’ in a Rights, Individuals, Culture and Society (RIKS) seminar, Department of Law, University of Oslo, Norway  

Refugee Activism

August 2014

Presented MSSc Research ‘Refugee Activism and Linguistic Capital’ in the 17th Nordic Migration Research (NMR) on Flows, places and boundaries – migratory challenges and new agendas Denmark at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Forced migrants and Civil Society

6th March 2014

Presented master's research exploring linguistic capital of refugees in civil society organisations in Belfast and Birmingham. Presented as part of the panel on Work and Language in Cost New Speakers Network Working group meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland.

What can an autonomy of migration approach offer to research at the intersection of law and migration studies?

1st March 2024

In preparation for my PhD defence at the University of Oslo and Tilburg University, I was asked to prepare an additional  trial lecture to assess my ability to take in new information and present as a public lecture. This topic was not related to my joint doctorate in law and development but had some thematic overlap. The specific topic was provided by the jury 10 days prior. This lecture serves as a pivotal step in my PhD journey, determining my progression to the defence. 

Trial Lecture topic which provided: "What can an autonomy of migration (AoM) approach offer to research at the intersection of law and migration studies?" AoM can enrich our understanding of migration by focusing the gaze on migrants' agency rather than legal and political structures. Migration is viewed as a complex phenomenon intertwined with systems of violence and injustice, and see those who migrate as potential actors of social change.

Co-Acting with Refugee Women

16th April 2021

Presented in Webinar Seminar Series organised by the Gender Studies Programme, Universiti Malaya and the CHCI Global Humanities Institute 2020-2021: Migration, Global Logistics and Unequal Citizens. 

Jointly presented with Naima Ismail on the topic of co-action with researchers. We discussed how can we move from extractive academic research to one that is collaborative with researchers and refugee participants co-acting. We shared our experience as collaborators in my doctoral research and in the Special Issue for Displaced Voices: In their own Voices and reflected on lessons learned in this process. Naima highlighted "How not to waste refugee women's time with pointless research; let's get to the point', followed by myself speaking on 'Bringing meaning into co-action'.

Action Research

7th March 2019  

Presented ‘New methods in Law and Development: Action Research in KL, Malaysia’ in North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa  

Solidarity and Voice

14th February 2017

Presented ‘Solidarity and Voice; Wij Zijn Hier’ in Solidarity in a workshop titled ‘Notions of Solidarity in and beyond Law and Development’ in University of Duesto, Bilbao, Spain 

Concept Mapping for Qualitative Data Analysis

November 2014

Presented Master's dissertation data analysis processes using concept mapping and thematic analysis of ethnographic interviews at the 2nd International Symposium on New Speakers In A Multilingual Europe: Opportunities And Challenges in Barcelona, Spain

Academic Culture and Participatory Learning in EAP contexts

18th June 2014

Presented initial data from research project  From China to the UK; Changing Academic Culture at Wuzi University (Birmingham
City University’s partner) in Beijing, China. We held an workshop to discuss teaching strategies in large classrooms and lecture rooms and how to engage students. 

Spaces for Refugee Inclusion

November 2013

Gave 1-hour lecture on Language and Civil Society Organisations and Spaces for Refugee Inclusion at ECORYS 9-day training for 'Working with refugees and asylum seekers: good European practices for better work' in Venice, Italy. I was funded to attend this workshop and give this presentation.

Co-writing and Inclusive Research Outputs


Supporting Voices, Narratives and Creativities 

Amin Kamrani

20/20 Virtual Gallery

Together with the Living Refugee Archives, I worked with Amin Kamrani to host his 20/20 virtual exhibition last year. I had previously worked with Amin as a translator in my research project in 2018.


This exhibition is an intimate portrayal of life, people and landscapes. 20 copies of 20 photographs. The Living Refugee Archive is hosting the virtual exhibition with an option to buy the limited edition prints. The photos are on sale with 60% of the proceeds to go to refugee and vulnerable communities in Malaysia.

The 20/20 limited-edition photo print project began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Malaysia.

Working on this project to host the gallery and organise the webshop, was an important part of how I view my role as a researcher. Researchers and activists cannot give a voice. But we can act to provide space for and support new voices, narratives and creativities. Amin's work highlights what it means to be a migrant, living and working across borders, in both contexts of plenty and of lack. Without ever victimising the people in his photos, placing a simple focus on their lived realities, hopes and dreams. 


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Mediterranean Sunset_

Mediterranean Sunset_

New moon

New moon

The road and fog

The road and fog

The path

The path

Copy of I watched the rain all evening

Copy of I watched the rain all evening

Bird anthem

Bird anthem

Blue in Green

Blue in Green



in absence of the sun - photo credit Ami

in absence of the sun - photo credit Ami

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Screenshot 2021-01-28 163405

Blue Antalya

Blue Antalya

Beyond the seas

Beyond the seas


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Between 2020- 2021 I worked with a team of refugees, photographer and Living Refugee Archives on a Photo Voices in Kuala Lumpur project. Ultimately, due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in Malaysia, we changed this from a Photovoice to a co-written Special Issue: In their Own Voices with the Journal of Displaced Voices. This special issue is a collection of papers written by and with refugee women based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The photography elements we were chosen by participants where possible to find ways to represent spaces, actions or portraits of refugees in ways that worked against the victimhood narratives.


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Special Issue: In Their Own Voices

Drawing on PAR values, I co-wrote with my participants and taught them academic skills to help them articulate their own experiences. As a team, we worked together to explore the best way to utilise the Living Refugee Archives as a supportive platform for the voices of the refugee participants. 

This [special issue has been] a journey of storytelling through which an alternative archive for marginalised narratives can be created. Through community participation we open the door to challenge traditional notions of archival structures and documentation, hoping to constitute a living history of refugeehood.

Paul Dudman, Living Archives Built with Communities


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Continued Dialogues

As part of a series of 4 short web sessions related to Sustainability Dialogues in 2019, I organised a dialogue on Action Research with Refugees in Kuala Lumpur web event. Here I reconnected with my participants to discuss what participation and action research mean for them. We discussed how researchers and practitioners may be able to be more inclusive. After the dialogue, we had a Q&A from other practitioners in the field of sustainability more generally. The outcome of this dialogue was to stress community inclusion in all aspects of research: allowing space for making decisions and taking initiative in what might best impact their lives. Ultimately, we returned to notions of participation and inclusive when connecting with refugee voices.

You can hear the dialogue at the following link.

Video Link: Sustainability Action Dialogue: Action Research with Refugees

In the video, we have hidden the images of the people who spoke about their experiences of asylum. For this reason, there is no visual from the actual session in the recording only the slides of the talk and a photovoice I previously conducted in the Netherlands.

Image by Ishan @seefromthesky


Research Communication: Working with Photovoices

Forced migrants are not able to control how they are represented by journalists nor by researchers. They have little control of their own image. The idea of photovoice is to allow some of that control back and can enhance community-based participatory research.

However, capturing photo voices is not simply handing over a camera and asking participants to take photos. Participants get together and discuss the topics that matter to them, and reflect their own reality within the research themes. The outputs can be discussed with the community and disseminated as appropriate - through a gallery show, at an academic conference, or online. Communities are able to take ownership of their image and outputs of research, as well as document their lived realities. 

In previous projects and my own research, photovoice has provided a way to connect with communities and discover how they themselves would like to be represented, show their lived experiences and speak directly on the changes they wish to have in their lives. 

With storytelling at the centre of the process, the role of the research is that of listener and facilitator, simply providing a safe space for dialogue.  Photovoice is used at all levels as a technique for sharing stories, for development, raising critical awareness, advocacy or part of monitoring aspects of a project. 

Exhibited in Valorising Voices; Refugee Lives and Voices Exhibition, 

In September 2017 at the COST Action IS1306 conference New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices in Coimbra University, Portugal

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I was a dentist in my country, I now use a toothbrush to clean electronics in this country 

Syrian Refugee

from Valorising Voices Photo Exhibition Coimbra University

Image by Jen P.

Community-Led Projects

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