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Migration and Belongings

This research programme focuses on the ways in which practices of migration and belonging shape and are shaped by wider social, political and cultural relations

About the programme

This research programme focuses on the ways in which practices of migration and belonging shape and are shaped by wider social, political and cultural relations. This focus includes analyses of the formation, reproduction and re-imagining of ethnic, national and ‘racial’ identities in diverse sites such as the family, the beauty industry, citizenship legislation, the everyday, localities, policy and governmentality –as well as the interconnections between these sites.

An attention to transnational migration also entails analysis of the impacts on belonging when borders are crossed, and how these ways of belonging are negotiated in a variety of contexts in conditions of unequal power relations. This involves critical analysis of the politics of belonging across gender, sexuality, religion, class and other social divisions.

Work in this programme deploys a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, providing occasion for dialogic reflexivity across approaches. Its members are researchers at different stages in their careers; and from different disciplines, involved in international research dialogues and networks.

To learn more about the members and projects that are active in Migration and Belongings, the following video introduces the programme's activities.

Programme Directors

Umut Erel and Eleni Andreouli

Research highlights

PASAR - Participation Arts and Social Action in Research

Circle of people taking part in activities

The PASAR project creates a model for bringing together practitioners and marginalized groups to engage with each other through creative methods. It addresses the UK social science community's need to gain a better understanding of how participatory action research approaches engage marginalised groups in research as co-producers of knowledge. It combines walking methods and participatory theatre to create a space for exploring, sharing and documenting processes of belonging and place-making that are crucial to understanding and enacting citizenship.

Methods in Motion Blog 1: Elizabeth Silva introduces Methods in Motion

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23 September 2016

Methods are ways of knowing, and they are always changing. Academics have recently become highly methodologically creative, inventing a swathe of new practical ways of knowing about social life. Yet we at CCIG would argue that researchers must go beyond meeting the intensified demand for new methods. Methods are important because what we know is changed by how we know it. Furthermore, the reasons why someone uses a particular method are linked to their wider ends and means; what makes useful knowledge in that specific field.

Open Democracy article on Migration, Motherhood and Citizenship

Migrant Mothers in a workshop

Umut Erel and Tracey Reynolds have written an article for OpenDemocracy about migrant mothers. Their research uses creative interventions to investigate citizenship.

Read the post here.