JBR members collaborate with Counterpoints Arts for the Tate Exchange ‘Who are We?’ Project. As part of the Open University’s partnership with the Tate Exchange, The Who are We? Project organises and curates a participatory, multi-platform event, involving artists, academics and civil society organizations to engage with questions such as ‘who are 'we' in divisive times?’ and ‘What solidarities can be produced against the backdrop of a 'hostile environment' for migrants’. This year’s event will take place from the 20-27 May 2018, Tate Modern, 5th floor Switch House, London. During this week, OU academics will hold several Learning Labs, which will bring together artists and scholars from across different disciplines. Reflections on art, academic and exchange from last year’s ‘Who are We?’ event can be read in our openDemocracy special feature ‘Who are ‘We’ in a moving world?’.
Members of the JBR stream are also collaborating with the Migration Museum Project on education, dissemination and knowledge exchange projects. This includes the ‘Ethics and Politics of the Refugee Crisis’ project, which combined exhibitions such as the ‘Call me by my name’ exhibition on the Calais refugee camp with a series of talks, seminars, learning labs, and ‘pop up professor’ events. We are currently extending the collaboration through a series of public talks and the production of educational materials for schools, young people and community groups. This year we have held additional events to coincide with the Migration Museum project exhibition ‘No Turning Back’ exhibition, which reflects on the history, present and future of migration in the UK. In April 2018, we held a roundtable with external speakers at the Migration Museum on ‘Technology-enabled Language Education for Migrants and Refugees in the UK’.
Members of JBR have been involved in the Open University's work in the process leading towards the UN global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. The compact arises from an extraordinary summit that took place in September 2016 to respond to the large movement of migrants and refugees and it is due to be launched in 2018. The OU's work for this process has mostly involved contributing to meetings and producing some written materials.
Members of the Private Lives, Public Intimacies and Justice, Borders, Rights streams have collaborated on a special issue for Discover Society, an open access publication of social research, commentary and policy analysis on the topic of ‘Families and Relationships across Crises’ (May 2017). Contributions addressed the ways in which families and relationships are created, sustained, challenged, and disrupted against the backdrop of social and political crises, drawing on original research and rich data. Through exploration of the intersecting axes of emotional and material precarity, the articles move debate away from ideas of relationships being ‘in crisis’ and concentrate instead on crisis as a backdrop for the material and ideological condition of contemporary relationships. The launch event of the special issue attracted a large audience of policy makers, NGO representatives, activists, and academics.
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