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Keynote speakers

Nira Yuval-Davis

Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network on Women In Militarized Conflict Zones and has acted as a consultant for various UN and human rights organisations.

Nira Yuval-Davis has won the 2018 International Sociological Association Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research and Practice. She has written widely on intersected gendered nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and everyday bordering. Among her books Woman-Nation-State, 1989, Racialized Boundaries, 1992, Unsettling Settler Societies, 1995, Gender and Nation,1997, The Warning Signs of Fundamentalism, 2004, The Politics of Belonging, 2011, Women Against Fundamentalism, 2014 and Bordering (Forthcoming). Her works have been translated into more than ten languages.


Bronwyn Carlson

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. She is a scholar with both a national and international reputation in the field of Indigenous Studies. She has vast teaching and curriculum development experience and has published in scholarly journals, nationally and internationally. Professor Carlson maintains a strong connection between Indigenous Studies pedagogy and research. She is the author of the book, The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?(Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016) and a co-editor of The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney, 2013). She is the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity.


Madeleine Leonard

Madeleine Leonard is a Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is particularly interested in creative and participatory approaches to including children in the research process.  She employs a range of mainly qualitative methods in her research with children and their childhoods.  Her main research interest is in teenagers’ everyday experiences of growing up in politically sensitive societies, and she has carried out research into the experiences and perceptions of Catholic and Protestant teenagers growing up in Belfast as part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ ( She has also carried out research with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teenagers growing up in Nicosia, funded by the British Council.  She has a number of publications on children’s experiences of and attitudes to protracted political conflict.  She is a founder member of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network for the Sociology of Children and Childhood.  Her recent publications include two books: The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation, London: Sage, 2016 and Teens and Territory in Post-Conflict Belfast: If Walls Could Talk, Manchester University Press, 2017.