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Lost and Found?: A Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement, and Resettlement – University of Reading

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  • British Academy funded project

    This project, funded by the British Academy's "Tackling the UKs International Challenges" grant, investigates the concept of 'home' within the context of migration, displacement and resettlement.

Lost and Found?: A Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement, and Resettlement

Principal Investigator: Dr. Yasmine Shamma (University of Reading)

Co investigators: Professor Suzan Ilcan (University of Waterloo), and Professor Vicki Squire (University of Warwick).

Research Assistant and Conference Coordinator: Dr. Helen Underhill h.p.v.underhill@reading.ac.uk

Project Overview:

This project centres on the homes that have been lost and found by refugees of the recent Syrian crisis.

Experiences of urban life are negotiated in particularly complex ways by refugees moving across regions and nations in pursuit of home. In these movements, they expand the dimensions of home. How do these mobile dimensions constitute programs of making and remaking home, while also underscoring testimonies of migration, displacement and resettlement?

Incorporating a digital archive, an international conference, and a resulting edited collection of essays, this research will situate the contemporary refugee's pursuit as part of a larger 20th century project of post-camp migration and re-settlement. The digital archive will represent different disciplinary approaches, revisiting archived materials while hosting new materials. As this project's main focus, the archive will enhance international understanding of the contemporary Syrian refugee crisis while encouraging policy makers to rethink policy reform, within the UK and beyond.

Funded by the British Academy's "Tackling the UKs International Challenges" grant scheme until July 2020.

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Call for Papers:

Making Home Away: Displacement, Migration, and Resettlement Symposium

12th June 2020, University of Reading

At this specific moment in Europe's history, questions of identity, fraction, borders, belonging and migration are particularly pressing. Various fields of academic study and practical work are being conducted to address these questions, but they often don't speak to one another. With the inherently interdisciplinary relevance of migration in mind, this conference focusses on speaking across disciplines, and beyond them. It welcomes academics, policy makers, NGO representatives, community members, community sponsorship groups, and refugees themselves to share their experiences and work in the field of migration during this one-day symposium aimed at cultivating cross-pollination of informed voices across these various fields.

Inviting academic, practical, political, and personal response to the many challenges faced by refugees in losing and making homes, this symposium intends to cultivate both renewed research efforts and policy action. Funded by the British Academy's "Tackling the UKs International Challenges" grant scheme, this symposium will focus on the complex ways in which refugees move across regions and nations in pursuit of 'home', and asks how attention to refugee experiences might shape and enhance our understandings of migration.

Building on the work of the 'Lost and Found' digital archive project associated with this grant, this symposium will feature exhibits, conversations, round-tables, and other opportunities for discussion. It will also include an arts evening event, featuring poetry readings and film screening, with an open discussion with the director afterwards.

We aim to publish an edited collection of essays based on a selection of the symposium contributions, which will explicitly encourage policy reform and speak to both academic and third-sector audiences.

 

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submissions invited 

Please submit abstracts of 300 words along with a short bio to makinghomeaway@gmail.com by January 2, 2020. We invite submissions relevant to the conference theme, in particular those that address the nexus between migration and the following themes:

  • Expanding the definition of 'home' by approaching the refugee experience
  • Rethinking attitudes towards displacement, migration, and resettlement
  • Oral histories of refugees
  • Policy making and refugee management on a global scale
  • What European traditions make space for nostalgia, inclusion and union?
  • How is 'home' both universal and specific - familiar and strange - within European
  • contexts?
  • The creation of safe homes for refugees
  • Interrogating the role of the social sciences and humanities in interpreting the negotiations
  • of rights to housing, employment and citizenship
  • Migrant activism
  • The negotiation of urban space by migrants; the long-lasting contributions made by refugees to urban populations

MORE INFORMATION

For more information contact makinghomeaway@gmail.com

Organized by Dr Yasmine Shamma (University of Reading).

Professor Suzan Ilcan (University of Waterloo), and Professor Vicki Squire (University of Warwick).

Hosted by the University of Reading. Funded by the British Academy.

 

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