Dr Sebastien Bachelet

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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Overview

I am a social anthropologist. My research interests include irregular migration, forced displacement, visual anthropology, participatory and creative methods, uncertainty, political subjectivity and advocacy, with a focus on the Maghreb region (especially Morocco).

My ongoing work includes a series of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects focused on migration in the Maghreb (especially Morocco) with Dr Mariangela Palladino and Prof Laura Jeffery. We are currently running two projects: MADAR: Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (GCRF Development Award, 2019-20), in collaboration with civil society organisations Racines, Caritas, Notre Culture D'Abord, and colleagues at universities in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisa; and MARAM: Mobilising Access to Rights for Artists in Morocco (AHRC KEI grant, 2019-20), also in collaboration with The Minority Globe in Casablanca. MARAM builds on our previous project Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco (ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement grant, 2016-18), in collaboration with GADEM in Rabat. Visit artsforadvocacy.org to view our virtual exhibitions and to download our creative arts, migration, and advocacy toolkit (available in English, French, and Arabic).

Prior to this, I was a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (2011-2016 Irregular sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco: Immobility, illegality, uncertainty and “adventure” in Rabat). My doctoral thesis focused on the lived experiences of “irregular migrants” from Central and Western Africa in Morocco. Through long-term ethnographic work in the field, I engaged with critical debates about immobility, uncertainty and illegality, to examine migrants’ circumscribed agency and participation in political spaces.

Qualifications

2011 – 2016           PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, UK

2010 – 2011           MSc(R) in Social Anthropology (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, UK.

2005 – 2009           MA in Anthropology and Sociology (First Class), University of Glasgow, UK.

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