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Migration and Sex Work Panel (speakers Nick Mai and Niina Vuolajarvi)

Venue: Online

Speaker 1: Niina Vuolajärvi 

Title:  Looking for a Different Kind of Abolitionism. Sex Work, Migration and the Feminist Politics of Care

Niina Vuolajärvi is an Assistant Professor in International Migration at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her interdisciplinary research is situated in the fields of migration, feminist, and socio-legal studies. Niina's projects have investigated migrant sex work, prostitution and migration policies, post-deportation experiences, and race and colonial legacies in Europe.

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Speaker 2: Nick Mai

Title: Queering Sexual Humanitarianism Through Collaborative Ethnographic Filmmaking

Nick Mai will present an analysis of the evolution of his research and co-creative filmmaking with migrant sex workers. He will present different attempts to queer the politics of representation framing contemporary humanitarian and other documentary genres (including ethno-fiction) in relation to the ethical and visual constraints posed by the stigmatisation of their protagonists.

Nick Mai is a filmmaker, ethnographer and sociologist working as Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. His research findings, publicatyions and films focus on the experiences and representations of stigmatised and criminalised migrant groups. Through collaborative, participative and co-creative methodologies my work aims to put their own priorities, needs and trajectories at the centre of the research findings, representations and policies. Nick is the author of Mobile Orientations: An Intimate Autoethnography of Migration, Sex Work, and Humanitarian Borders (Chicago University Press, 2018). For more information: 


Race and Justice Series

This event is hosted by the Department of Criminology and supported by the British Society of Criminology's Race Matters Network. For further information, please contact the event organiser and Race Matters Network coordinator Dr Monish Bhatia (

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on MS Teams, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event on the day.

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