Volunteering, Displacement and Livelihoods: Photographs by Young Refugees in Uganda - talk

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Side profile of a one-storey building with a narrow veranda down the left hand side. on the side facing the camera is a painted mural of a young black woman with a higly decorated face and facemask. Words on the mural include 'We heal, we learn and shine together'.

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Booking is required for the talk as places are limited. Booking is not required for the exhibition.

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Professor Sarah Mills
Discussion, Lecture, Talk, Tour

Learn more about the Volunteering, Displacement and Livelihoods exhibition of photographs by young refugees in Uganda.

About the event

Join Professor Sarah Mills of Loughborough University's School of Social Sciences and Humanities for a talk to accompany the Volunteering, Displacement and Livelihoods exhibition in Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

Volunteering, Displacement & Livelihoods is an exhibition showcasing original photographs taken by young refugees in Uganda.

Forced displacement is a significant global challenge affecting millions of people worldwide. Today, Uganda hosts around 1.5 million refugees, the majority of which are children and young people. Professor Sarah Mills (School of Social Sciences and Humanities) has been part of a wider international research team focusing on the kinds of voluntary labour practiced by young refugees and related themes via the Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU) project. The photographs featuring in the exhibition are taken by young refugees and capture their experiences of volunteering and everyday lives. The exhibition also features an interactive board game and materials.

The RYVU project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund and led by Professor Matt Baillie Smith (Northumbria University) in collaboration with academics at Loughborough University (UK), Uganda Martyrs University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), and with local NGOs and young refugees themselves. To find out more about the project, the team and access publications, blog posts, videos and more, visit the RYVU project website.

The talk will last for approximately one hour and there will be an opportunity to tour the exhibition afterwards.

The exhibition is open from Monday 19 June to Tuesday 4 July, from 12-2pm (weekdays only). It is free to attend and no booking is necessary.

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This event coincides with World Refugee Day and is part of World Refugee Week (19-25 June 2023), the world’s largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Find out more about World Refugee Week.


There is a step-free access into Martin Hall and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor corridor.

If you have any specific access requirements or anything you would like us to be aware of when running the event, please let us know via the booking form or email luarts@lboro.ac.uk in advance of booking and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Photo credit: Justine Tuisenge

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