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Year of Mygration

Migrants and migration matter to The Open University and to all of us.

2018 is The Open University's Year of Mygration. The Open University is ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’ so has always welcomed migrants as students and staff, and has encouraged pioneering methods of learning, teaching, research and engagement around the themes of migration, refugees, mobility and belonging.

Our Year of ‘Mygration’ emphasises that we are all affected by migration, whether or not we ourselves or immediate families are migrants. The issues of migration are vital to understanding not just current UK politics but also the world’s economies and communities.

Every day we share a reflection on the broad theme of migration which showcases the work of the OU academics and our partners. Be it a short blog, podcast or archive clip, tweet or link.

January 2018 began with a series of reflections on being ‘Open to People’. February continued with the theme ‘Open to Places’, March focussed on 'Open to Methods' and April on being 'Open to Ideas'. In the following months, we will continue reflecting on migration-related political and social developments and share relevant activities and research of the Open University.

The Year of Mygration is a collaboration between the Citizenship & Governance and the International Development & Inclusive Innovation Strategic Research Areas of the OU

Mozambique Flag

Day 118, Year of #Mygration: African Migrants Going South

OU Visiting Research Fellow, Joseph Hanlon, highlights some of the repercussions of Mozambique's position as 'a major transit route for people from Somalia, Kenya and the Great Lakes region moving toward South Africa to find a better life'

15th June 2018
Military helicopter

Day 117, Year of #Mygration: Research on Afghan interpreters

Open University Research Fellow, Dr Sara de Jong, explores the gap 'Between policy and real-life stories: Research on Afghan interpreters and other locally employed civilians for Western armies'

14th June 2018
Photo of the exhibition itself, papers hanging up as described by Raktim

Day 116, Year of #Mygration: The Afghan Camera Box

Today’s blog comes from Raktim Ray, PhD candidate at The Open University, reflecting on the day he spent at the Tate Exchange – Who Are We? project. His research focuses on urban resistance and postcolonial urbanism.

13th June 2018
Photo of Claudia's work

Day 115, Year of #Mygration: Walking and Eating, The Arts Of The Local And Global

In today's blog post, Professor Graham Harvey from The Open University reflects on his conversation with Who Are We? artist, Claudia Zeiske, who directs the Deveron Projects in Huntly, a small Aberdeenshire town.

12th June 2018
Example of Origami Art Work that will be on display

Day 114, Year of #Mygration: Upcoming Refugee Week at The Open University

We are all set for Refugee Week next week, and have a packed schedule of events open to all. These range from film screenings, to an art exhibition, to a range of panel events with key speakers.

11th June 2018
Photo of exhibition

Day 113, Year of #Mygration: A la cama no te irás sin saber una cosa más

In today's post, Carlos Montoro, a Research Associate at The Open University talks about his art installation at Tate Exchange, which combines embroidery, cross-cultural conversations and film

8th June 2018
A stitch in time - part of the artwork

Day 112, Year of #Mygration: Who Are We?

This week, we are focusing on the Who Are We? Project, part of the Tate Exchange Programme, held last month in London. The coming together of arts, activism and academia through the Who Are We? installation in the Tate Exchange is a powerful way to communicate the everyday realities of ‘hostile environment’ policies towards migrants and asylum seekers.

7th June 2018
Sign from art exhibition

Day 111, Year of #Mygration: Hostile environments and the politics of un-belonging

PhD candidate at The Open University, Anna Colom, shares her experiences of visiting the Who Are We? Project, part of Tate Exchange, and explores the process that led to her own newly acquired status as a British 'citizen'

6th June 2018
Tate Exchange art

Day 110, Year of #Mygration: Journeys from there to here

In today's reflection, OU PhD student, Evgenia Iliadou discusses her experience of visiting the Who Are We? Project at the Tate Exchange, and discusses how the artwork of Natasha Davies particularly compelled her to examine the idea of 'home'

5th June 2018
Art work from Tate Exchange

Day 109, Year of #Mygration: Memories of Migration

This week, we are focusing on the Who Are We? project, part of Tate Exchange. Today, OU PhD student, Dimos Sarantidis, talks us through his experience of visiting and what memories it stirred for him

4th June 2018

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