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Newsletter #2 | November 2018

The past six months has been an extremely busy and productive period for the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness. We have forged new research partnerships, engaged statelessness scholars nationally and internationally, funded statelessness-related projects within the University of Melbourne and established some important initiatives for 2019. We hope you enjoy learning of some of our activities by following the links below.

Welcome new staff
In September, the Centre was pleased to welcome Deirdre Brennan, our 2018 PhD Scholarship recipient. Deirdre's  research looks at how activism impacts upon law reform and the public perception of the stateless in Nepal. Deirdre has over six years’ experience researching and reporting on the causes and impacts of, and the solutions to statelessness, having undertaken empirical research in Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia. To read more about Deidre, navigate to her profile on our website.
Statelessness Seminar Series 2018
The inaugural Statelessness Seminar Series saw seven speakers present on a range of statelessness-related topics. The seminar series provided a forum to explore statelessness from different disciplinary angles, including political theory, anthropology, geography, law and international studies. The seminars were all well-attended and generated great questions and discussion.
Statelessness Seed Funding Scheme - Successful Projects
After a competitive selection process, six grantees received seed funding to pursue statelessness-related interdisciplinary research collaborations over the course of the year 2019. The grantees come from across the University, including from Faculty of Arts, Melbourne Law School and the Victorian College of the Arts. Community-engaged research featured strongly among the successful grantees.
The Statelessness and Citizenship Review
Shortlisted submissions for the inaugural volume of the SCR Journal are currently undergoing peer review.  The articles address a wide a variety of topics and have been submitted by scholars from different regions of the world. The first edition will also feature an artwork selected from a pool of twenty submissions from around the globe. Artists were asked to respond to the Review’s focus on advancing understandings of statelessness and citizenship.
SCR website
Statelessness Intensive Course
The Centre is thrilled with the response so far to the Statelessness Intensive Course to be held in February 2019. We have participants from all over the world, representing organisations such as UNHCR; International Federation of Red Cross; Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs; Help Himalayan Youth Foundation Inc; Stateless Dignity Project to name a few; as well as Universities and legal organisations.
More about the course...
Visiting Fellowships 2019
Following a competitive application process, six researchers will be spending time at the Centre in 2019 as Visiting Fellows. The group comprises both experienced scholars and early career researchers. They come from Canada, Belgium, Myanmar, India, the United States and New Zealand.