7:00 pm19:00

Learning to Swim Screening at Gather Film Festival

Learning to Swim, a LIVED documentary filmed in Jordan in 2014 with the aim of sharing the stories and lived experiences of forcibly displaced Syrian youth, is going to be screened along with the acclaimed documentary, Sonita, as part of Gather Film Festival here in Edinburgh. The screening will be at the Forest Cafe from 19:00-21:00. Link to tickets and more information here: 


Film Screening: Global Social Change Seminar Series
5:00 pm17:00

Film Screening: Global Social Change Seminar Series

When: Feb 1st from 5:00-6:30

Where: CMB practice suite rm 1.12

Come along to a film screening of our documentary, Learning to Swim, followed by a Q&A as part of the Global Social Change seminar series. The Global Social Change seminar series was started by a group of 10 postgrad students on the taught MSc in Sociology and Global Change at the University of Edinburgh.  Their aim is to provide a regular learning event and community building opportunity for students on the taught MSc in Sociology and Global Change. Building on the theme of ‘global social change,’ each seminar in the series will aim to connect one or several contemporary issues with the theoretical perspectives students are currently studying in courses such as Globalisation and Nations and Nationalism. More info here:

4:00 pm16:00

Friends of MSF Conference

LIVED has been invited to present at the Friends of MSF conference, Saturday November 19th from 4:00-5:30pm, Chancellor's Building, Little France.

Join us and the other panelists to discuss 'Refugee's Access to Safety'.

10:00 am10:00

Fulbright Roundtable with Professor Michael Ignatieff

LIVED is helping to organise this roundtable, which will discuss nation and citizenship in reaction to the 'refugee crisis'.

Students are invited to join Professor Michael Ignatieff for an informal roundtable discussion following his Edinburgh Fulbright lecture, 'The Crisis of Universal Values and the Return of the Sovereign'.

Event happening on June 7th, 10:00-12:00, IASH Seminar Room, University of Edinburgh.


Claiming Back Narratives: Exploring the Everyday Experiences of Forcibly Displaced People Living in Glasgow
5:00 pm17:00

Claiming Back Narratives: Exploring the Everyday Experiences of Forcibly Displaced People Living in Glasgow

Where: Chrystal Macmillan Building ground floor foyer (exhibition); Chrystal Macmillan Building 1st Floor Practice Suite (documentary screenings and discussion) 

The LIVED Scotland team in partnership with Refuweegee welcome you to join the exhibition launch for our collaborative photovoice project where refugees themselves produce and control the narratives of their everyday experiences of living in Glasgow. The exhibition showcases photos that participants have taken with disposable cameras, and explores topics that participants wish to share with the public.

In addition to the exhibition launch there will be screenings of two documentaries exploring related topics: (1) 'Everyday Borders', part of the Migrant Rights Network Everyday Borders project at UCL directed by Nira-Yuval Davis (2) LIVED's very own documentary, 'Learning to Swim,' exploring the experiences of forcibly displaced Syrian young people in Jordan.

These screenings will be complemented by an open discussion exploring Scotland's response to welcoming forcibly displaced people and followed by a wine reception in the CMB foyer.  

2:50 pm14:50

ASN Conference

LIVED will be screening 'Learning to Swim' at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention, in New York, as part of a panel on 'Borders and Migration'. We look forward to share our documentary in New York, and to discuss issues related to refugees and displacement.

A Night for Refugees
5:30 pm17:30

A Night for Refugees




You are warmly invited to a humanitarian night aiming to explore and showcase refugees everyday lived experiences. This will include short film screenings, a photography exhibition, discussions and live music. All proceeds of the event, organised by Fellow Feeling Events students, will be donated to LIVED, an Edinburgh University based charity. 

The event will be held at the Roxy Assembly on Sunday, March 20, 2016. 

Tickets for the event are £8, including dinner and a drink. 

Tickets can be found online via email to or directly from LIVED team members on campus. 

For more information, do not hesitate to contact or visit the LIVED website.


5:15 pm17:15

Refugee Crisis Response: What Can Scotland Do?

Event organized by the Global Justice Academy

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3, Appleton Tower, The University of Edinburgh, Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE

This event provides an opportunity to see the short documentary produced by LIVED, entitled 'Learning to Swim', about Syrian children living in a refugee camp and other areas of Jordon. The event will also include speakers from a range of voluntary organisations discussing what they are doing to help those who have been forced to flee persecution and conflict. The audience will be invited to discuss what they might do to help those fleeing persecution, particularly in the context of the current situation in Syria and related refugee 'crisis', and be challenged to take individual or collective actions to help. 

Chair: Lucy Lowe, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh

The Lived Project to show their 21 minute film at the start of the event, with an introduction from Lilliana Riga (School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh) and others from LIVED:

Speakers include:
Elise Marshall - therapists and trainers at Freedom from Torture
Jon Busby from the Welcoming Association
Graham O’Neill from the Scottish Refugee Council
The Refugee Survival Trust

To register for this event:

2:00 pm14:00

Sit&Knit: Creating Blankets for Refugees in Calais

Where: Chrystal Macmillan Building

The University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Sciences is organising a Sit&Knit to produce blankets for refugees in Calais. These blankets will be brought with the academic books collected by LIVED as part of our book drive.

9:00 pm21:00

Screening of 'Learning to Swim' in Brazil

LIVED, in collaboration with Brazilian local organisations, will be screening Learning to Swim (Aprendendo a Nadar) Thursday, November 12th, at Parque Ambiental Tractebel - Capivari de Baixo/SC. The event aims to humanise the experiences and stories of Syrian refugees who found refuge in Brazil.

10:00 am10:00

Migrant Voices Public Narratives: A Postgraduate Roundtable with PROF. ALESSANDRO TRIULZI, president of the Archive Delle Memorie Migranti

Friday 6 November, 10-12am, Staff Room, 6 floor, CMB, George Square

Presented by School of Social and Political Science and LIVED

It's a long road from narration to action. We begin with basic questions - what are the means for recording someone's story?, why are migrants' stories so important for us? and what can a migrant's own voice tell us? - to arrive at more complicated issues, such as how narratives might be be made more visible and audible, how might they challenge social conversations and with what implications, and what can be done to expand their impact. How can we travel, in other words, from voice to action?

This roundtable session aims at an exchange of ideas and thoughts about strategies, potentials, obstacles as well as implications of creating and disseminating migrant narratives. In January 2012 in Rome, L'Archivio delle memorie migranti (AMM) was founded to provide for the documentation of migrant narratives from across Italy. On 6 November we have the chance to learn about the Archivio's task and to offer our own reflections on the use of migrant voices, in conversation with the president of AMM and Professor of Sub-Saharan African History at the Università di Napoli 'L'Orientale', Alessandro Triulzi.

Drop by and add your thoughts and ideas!

4:00 pm16:00

Students Without Borders: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Where: Paterson's Land, G1

'Since the start of this year, more than 350,000 refugees have travelled from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Libya in order to make a dangerous journey into the EU. Stories of refugee lives and experiences have dominated our media, our politics and our rhetoric: images of overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean; Aylan Kurdi's body on a Turkish beach; a lorry on the side of a road in Austria; barbed wire surrounding the 'Jungle' in Calais. But this is also a story of hope, of love and compassion. This is a story of solidarity for the individuals that are more than 'refugees, asylum seekers, or economic migrants'. We have seen throughout Europe the power of the grassroots community to come together in order to help shape the future of this crisis.


We believe that critical engagement is important in shaping discourse about this situation – and that with it, we can help make a difference. At the University of Edinburgh #StudentsWithoutBorders are holding a FREE evening of activism, discussion, breakout groups and workshops to tackle the question: how should we as students respond to the refugee crisis?


Is refugee health a top priority? Can we affect barriers to integration? How should a refugee camp be designed? Or should we focus on refugee empowerment? How can an individual be an effective activist? What is the political impact of our aid efforts; what is the political and economic impact of the refugee influx?Expert guest facilitators will hold six discussion groups on these different aspects of the refugee crisis. It is up to you to decide which is our most pressing problem - and to brainstorm some solutions.


This event is jointly organised by the Edinburgh University International Development Society, Student Action For Refugees, LIVED, Edinburgh UNICEF on Campus, Edinburgh Engineers Without Borders and Edinburgh Friends of MSF.

It is sponsored by the Global Development Academy, and is part of a series of roundtable discussions on the refugee crisis and Scotland.

There will be dinner and refreshments.'

5:15 pm17:15

'Refugee Crisis Response Event: Roots of the Syria Crisis', Global Justice Academy Event

*Arek Dakessian, LIVED Co-Founder and Co-Director, will take part in this event organised by the Global Justice Academy.

Where: Lecture Theatre 3, Appleton Tower

When: 5.15pm-7pm, 6 October 2015

What: The Roots of the Syria Crisis

This is the first of three Refugee Crisis Response Events organised in collaboration between the Global Justice Academy, the School of Law, the School of Social and Political Sciences, IASH, the Global Development Academy, the Centre of African Studies, and EUSA.

The Global Justice Academy Response Roundtables are set up to encourage discussion and debate of current affairs.

About the Confirmed Panelists:

Dr. Thomas Pierret is a lecturer in contemporary Islam in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Thomas is an expert on Middle Eastern politics, with a focus on Syria. His current research focuses on the Syrian insurgency, in particular on the leadership of insurgent movements as well as on the role of the various brands of Salafism in the insurgency.

Dr. Manhal Alnasser was born in Syria and studied Chemical Engineering in Albaath University in Syria. He came to the UK in 2006, and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and is currently working there as a lecturer. Manhal is the representative in Scotland for Hand in Hand for Syria

Arek Dakessian is a doctoral researcher looking into networks of film and cultural production in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also co-founder and co-project director of LIVED, an organisation aimed at shedding light, creating awareness and mobilising support for the lived experiences of displaced youth

Dr Sarah Jane Cooper Knock from the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, will chair the panel.

Further Events:

Two further roundtable events are planned for later this semester. Both will take place from 5.15pm with further details to follow. Check for the latest.

  • 24 November: 'Is the Global Refugee Regime Fit for Purpose?'
  • 1 December: 'What Can Scotland Do?'

These events are free to attend and open to all.

Nov 25

Book Drive for Refugees in Calais

LIVED, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science is inviting students and staff members to donate their academic books to refugees in Calais.

The ‘Jungle Library’, a library run by volunteers in Calais, has received demands from displaced individuals to provide specialized and/or academic books to assist them in furthering their higher education; an education which was interrupted as a consequence of war.

Academic books from any discipline are welcome, but especially those in the fields of:

* Engineering

* Physics

* Chemistry

* Biology

* Medicine/Nursing

* Politics and History of the countries concerned: South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Dictionaries, such as French/English, French or English/native language of the people concerned are also welcome.

If you would like to donate your academic books, please bring them to one of the many drop-in points around the University:

1. Chrystal Macmillan Building, Ground Floor, George Square

2. College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Little France Campus

3. Chaplaincy, George Square

For more information, please contact us at

Thank you for supporting the education of refugees in Calais.

LIVED, with the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science

Jul 28

Scoping Trip to Bogota

Three LIVED members will be in Bogota at the end of July to meet with local organisations and UNHCR to discuss the possibility of providing film-making workshops to internally displaced youth in the region.

Nepal Earthquake Fundraising: Considering the Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows of Those Affected by the Disaster
4:00 pm16:00

Nepal Earthquake Fundraising: Considering the Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows of Those Affected by the Disaster

Where: Chrystal Macmillan Bldg 1st Floor Practice Room, 4pm

Come join LIVED for a fundraising event for those affected by the Nepal Earthquake with the intention to mobilise support and resources from within the University of Edinburgh.

Coffee, discussion and experiences from the ground.

To contribute visit:



1:30 pm13:30

School Screening with P7 class at Craiglockhart Primary School, Edinburgh

This Thursday afternoon LIVED will be facilitating a school screening of our documentary, Learning to Swim, with a P7 class at the Craiglockhart Primary School in Edinburgh. For more information on the format and intention behind our school screenings please visit the activities section of our website here:

12:00 pm12:00

ISRF Workshop: Social Science as Communication

Where: Summerhall, Edinburgh

LIVED was invited to take part in a lunchtime communication carnival: ‘a promenade presentation of creative and committed experiments in social science communication’. Some of LIVED members will be there to discuss the use of documentary films in social sciences, and their impact on knowledge exchange.

7:45 pm19:45

Documentary Screening with Amnesty International Edinburgh St.Marks

When: May 11th, 7:45pm-9pm

Where: St Mark's Unitarian Church Hall, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

LIVED will be screening their documentary Learning to Swim at Amnesty International Edinburgh St. Marks' monthly meeting on May 11th. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session, and discussion on the current crisis in Syria.

10:00 am10:00

Bake Sale!

Where: 9-11 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Come taste some of our homemade baked goods while also supporting our initiatives aimed at communicating and improving the lived experiences of some of the world's displaced youth! Every cent counts.

6:00 pm18:00

Documentary Screening with the Sociology Society

When: Tuesday February 24th, 6pm

Where: 6th floor common room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

LIVED, in association with the Sociology Society, is pleased to screen their documentary Learning to Swim as part of the Sociology Film Series Events. Facilitated discussion to follow the screening.

1:00 pm13:00

Documentary Screening and Q&A

When: Feb 9th 1-2pm

Where: Chrystal Macmillan Building, 6th floor common room

We would be delighted for all those who are interested to join us for a screening of LIVED's first, documentary, Learning to Swim, which engages with the lived experiences of children displaced by the Syrian civil war, in and around the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It was created by a student-led initiative originating from the University of Edinburgh.

We welcome the thoughts and feedback of all staff and students toward the film, particularly as we are moving forward to create another documentary on displaced youth in Colombia this summer.

We will also be discussing future plans for educational screenings of the existing film within secondary schools throughout the Edinburgh area, and would welcome any thoughts on this. If you are unable to attend the screening but would like to share any email contacts that may be helpful for setting up screenings within schools, then please contact us at

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 9th!

11:00 am11:00

Bake Sale!

When: Thursday Feb 5 from 11-3

Where: Outside of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Edinburgh

Come taste some of our homemade baked goods while also supporting our initiatives aimed at communicating and improving the lived experiences of some of the world's displaced youth! Every cent counts.

Documentary Film Screening: Learning to Swim
6:00 pm18:00

Documentary Film Screening: Learning to Swim

This is the first public screening of LIVED's documentary, Learning to Swim, filmed by our team in Jordan last Spring. We welcome any and all to come watch and hopefully gain insights into some of the day-to-day, lived experiences of Syria's forcibly displaced youth.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion session with the film director and producers.

When: December 16th, 6:00-7:00pm

Where: University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square rm 1.06

5:00 pm17:00

Stories, Photos, Experiences: An Evening with the Lived Zaatari Documentary Project

This event is intended to provide an opportunity for the LIVED team to share experiences, insights and stories from our research, fieldwork and documentary filming in Jordan. And as the LIVED Zaatari Documentary Project begins its transition into LIVED, a registered Scottish Charity, it is our hope to transparently discuss this transition and all that it entails with an engaged public.

This dialogue will be complemented by a photo exhibition running in parallel to the event and a wine reception to conclude the evening.