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Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens

18 September 2014 - 19 September 2014 (09.30-17.30)

Clarence Centre, London South Bank University, Borough Road, London, SE1 OAP

An International conference co-organised by Dr Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University).

This event is part of the Research Project Migrant Mothers caring for the future, led by Dr Umut Erel (The Open University) and Prof Tracey Reynolds (London South Bank University).

This international multidisciplinary conference engages with perspectives from cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, migration studies, and the creative arts to explore how migrant mothers realise and problematise their role in bringing up future citizens in contemporary societies, which are increasingly characterised ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social diverse.

It will ask important questions about the processes that shape migrant mothers' cultural and caring work in enabling their children to occupy a place as future citizens. It also interrogates how immigration and integration policies produce particular obstacles and limitations for migrant families and children.

In considering migrant women's caring, cultural and social practices as interventions into citizenship the conference aims to find out what we can learn by understanding transnational social and cultural resources of care, and also the inter-relationship between motherhood and nationhood.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California

Professor Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona, U.S

Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, London

Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

To register for this event, please visit the conference site. If you have any questions about the conference / research, please contact Dr Umut Erel (email:


OS Seminar Series: Geography PhD students presenting research

24 September 2014 (14:00 - 16:00)

The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (Gardiner 1, Room 006)

This OpenSpace seminar features two OU PhD students in Geography, Maddalena Chiellini and Pavni Kohli, presenting their research findings related to the HERA-funded project Creating the 'New' Asian Woman.

To reserve a place, please contact OpenSpace (email:


CCIG Forum 34 - Methods on the line

23 October 2014 (10:30 - 16:30)

The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (Christodoulou Meeting Room 11)

This CCIG forum aims at exploring how transdisciplinarity works at the level of methods.

The boundaries between the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences are being reconfigured in multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinarity activities. At the same time, the boundaries between institutions of knowledge production (like universities) and their wider social environments (including private enterprise, state systems and NGOs) are being reconfigured in practices associated with public engagement and socio-economic impact. As this happens, so the concept of transdisciplinarity emerges as a key political, economic, social and scientific preoccupation (see Barry and Born, 2013, Pohl & Hirsch Hadorn, 2007).

Disciplines are cultural formations that function as agencies for the production, dissemination and application of specialist knowledge. They supply those who are trained in them with disciplined practices, socially recognized forms of authority (capable, for example, of annexing resources), distinct forms of professional identity, and so forth (Stenner, 2014). Disciplinarity frees up resources for specialization, but it has long been recognized that specialization comes at the price of institutionalized limitations with respect to authorized questions, methods and other practices. Interdisciplinarity and the family of terms closely associated with it are part of a theoretical and practical desire and effort to move beyond the limitations of disciplines, and this effort can be marked by the word transdisciplinarity. CCIG, for example, encourages transdisciplinarity to the extent that its members strive to integrate a concern with governance, regulation and politics with a concern with identity, subjectivity and experience.

Since discussion of transdisciplinarity often takes a rather abstract and idealized form, this forum focuses on techniques and explores transdisciplinarity at the level of methods: how is transdisciplinarity done?

Confirmed Speakers:

Celia Lury (University of Warwick) -- The problem spaces of transdisciplinarity: questions of collaboration and critique

Johanna Motzkau (OU) -- Title to be confirmed

Martin Reynolds (OU) -- (Critical) systems thinking as praxis for transdisciplinarity

For agenda / registration information, please follow this link:

If you have any questions about the forum, please contact CCIG (email: