The Music of the Calais Migrants

Ed Emery It all starts with the drum. Not just any old drum but the darbuka drum. It has a long-standing, ancient history in the Mediterranean and Arab world. I am an ethnomusicologist, and I do musical research at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. SOAS for short. The drum… is my methodology. Tamburology, I like to call […]

Knowledge is Power: A SOAS Perspective on Calais

SOAS Goes to Calais Writing Group: Frances Grahl, Leonetta Luciano Fendi, Laetitia Sanchez Incera, Maria Vittoria Salvatori, Donata Pianon, Surani Himasha Weerappulige, Will Young, Olivia Qasir, Anna Fox, Sara Selleri, Ed Emery, Mohammed Omar On the 12th of June, 2009, SOAS cleaners were asked by their employers, the cleaning company ISS, to attend an emergency meeting in the Djam Lecture Theatre from 6.30am. The doors were locked […]

SOAS Goes to Calais

SOAS Goes to Calais Writing Group: Frances Grahl, Leonetta Luciano Fendi, Laetitia Sanchez Incera, Maria Vittoria Salvatori, Donata Pianon, Surani Himasha Weerappulige, Will Young, Olivia Qasir, Anna Fox, Sara Selleri, Ed Emery, Mohammed Omar It’s a one-and-a-half hour walk from the centre of Calais to what is known as the Jungle. Invisible to local residents, the camp has become a segregated city of about 6000 […]

SOAS goes to Calais to meet Syrian refugees

Marta Garcia Aliaga, LLB (Law) They are 80. And they are trapped behind the double wall of barbed wire that separates the French city of Calais and the English Channel. All forms of transport that could take them to the promised land that is meant to grant them asylum — Britain — are barred from […]