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Day 234, Year of #Mygration: Culture across continents

In today’s post, Jiten Patel, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The Open University, revisits his memory of Diwali and explores how culture is transmitted from one generation to another even when families live far away from their traditional homeland

27th November 2018
World Access to Higher Education Day 2018

Day 233, Year of #Mygration: World Access to Higher Education Day

This Wednesday marks World Access to Higher Education Day 2018. In recognition, The Open University will be launching two brand new reports, one relating to online tertiary education in the Middle East & North Africa & another relating to online resources for refugees

26th November 2018
A sign saying 'Refugees Welcome'

Day 232, Year of #Mygration: The Potential of Sanctuary

Today we conclude highlights of Dr Agnes Czajka’s publications with another very topical concept – Refugee Sanctuary. This important concept has featured in debates especially in the US in the context of Sanctuary cities

23rd November 2018
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OU research informs new report on Culture in an Age of Uncertainty

A new report into the benefits of international cultural engagement published this month (22 November) draws on rigorous, independent research conducted by the OU, led by Marie Gillespie, Professor of Sociology, and The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

22nd November 2018
Image of a fence next to the sea representing a country's border

Day 231, Year of #Mygration: Migration in the Age of National State

Following yesterday’s post that looked at mapping the margins of Europe through the lens of race, migration & belonging, today Dr Agnes Czajka, Senior Lecturer at The Open Universitydiscusses the relationship between nation-state building & its borders and migration

22nd November 2018
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Day 230, Year of #Mygration: Mapping the Margins of Europe: Race, Migration and Belonging

In today’s post we highlight an article titled ‘Mapping the Margins of Europe: Race, Migration and Belonging by Dr Agnes Czajka from the OU & Professor Jennifer Suchland from Ohio State University The article reminds us of the need to contextualise our debates on migration

21st November 2018

OU makes science research open to all

Stephen Serjeant, OU Professor of Astronomy, is leading on the European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle Physics ESFRI Research Infrastructures (ESCAPE) launched today (20 November 2018).

20th November 2018
Covers of two books

Day 229, Year of #Mygration: Critical Race/Religion Readings of ‘White Crisis’ in Science Fiction Dystopia

Dr Syed Mustafa Ali, Lecturer and Convenor of the Critical Information Studies Research Group at The Open University traces the history of 'White Crisis' and reminds us of the importance of being open to diversity in today’s globalised world

20th November 2018
Photo outside a job centre

Day 228, Year of #Mygration: A window of opportunity or trap? Refugees’ employment in migrant support organisations

In today's post, Dr Sara de Jong, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, discusses the concept of “refugeeness”, highlighting how refugees are often locked in frontline services rather than having mobility in the organisations employing them

19th November 2018
An image of a Yarl's Wood detainees hands - taken by Frazer Waller of Yarl's Wood Befrienders

Day 227, Year of #Mygration: Welcome to the UK! How long will you be staying?

OU PhD student Jo Vincett shares insights into her research coupled with her learning as a befriending volunteer at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. She outlines the current state of affairs of immigration-related detention in the United Kingdom

16th November 2018

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