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Year of Mygration

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

The Open University's Year of Mygration stands as a remarkable introduction to diverse perspectives of migrants and migration. 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. 250 separate contributions have been gathered under the heading of a Year of ‘My-gration’ to emphasise 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.

The origins of this Year of Mygration are in a collaboration between the Citizenship & Governance and the International Development & Inclusive Innovation Strategic Research Areas of the OU. The idea was to share a reflection every day, Monday to Friday, for 50 weeks of a year, on the broad theme of migration which showcased the work of the OU academics and our partners, be it a short blog, podcast or archive clip, a tweet or a link to a longer article. We numbered the posts from 1 to 250 partly so that anyone can start their own Year of Mygration in any year and at any point in any year. We appreciate that migrants and the whole world live with migration 7 days a week for the whole 52 weeks of the year but we believe that there is a value in this exercise and we would welcome anyone creating their own sequels. As the OU enters our 50th anniversary year, 2019, we remain committed to being ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’.

Dr Mutwarasibo outside Buckingham Palace

Day 150, Year of #Mygration: Migrants as Agents for Change - Cosmopolitanism

In the final post for July, Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo explores the idea of 'the migrant as an agent who influences structural issues and how this impacts on their integration'

31st July 2018

Day 149, Year of #Mygration: Does Diversity Impact Negatively on Social Capital?

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo from The Open University draws on the work of political scientist Robert Putnam to develop ideas he shared in a previous blog post, relating to social capital

30th July 2018
Photo from Tate Exchange 2018

Day 148, Year of #Mygration: Performing Citizenship with Dr Agnes Czajka

Dr Agnes Czajka explores what performing citizenship means, and inquires into how theories and methodologies of performativity can contribute to re-interpreting citizenship as an effective way of being, rather than a static, formal status

27th July 2018

Day 147, Year of #Mygration: Non-Citizens and Others with Dr Tendayi Bloom

In this podcast, Dr Tendayi Bloom interrogates citizenship from the margins, by tracing the exclusionary features of citizenship based on nationality, class, ‘race’, gender and sexuality. She also asks whether citizenship can be rethought to be inclusive

26th July 2018

Day 146, Year of #Mygration: The Scope of Citizenship with Dr Sara de Jong

Today's podcast is led by Dr Sara de Jong. Listeners will hear her explore the scope of citizenship. Is politics confined to the realm of the state and its institutions, or does it extend beyond it, into the public realm of civil society?

25th July 2018
Dr Tendayi Bloom in discussion with Dr Sara de Jong

Day 145, Year of #Mygration: Citizenship, the State and Civil Society with Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr Sara de Jong

In today's podcast, Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr Sara de Jong explore the relationship between citizenship, the state and civil society, including asking where asking where politics and the political are located

24th July 2018
Photo of Dr Agnes Czajka in discussion

Day 144, Year of #Mygration: Genealogies of Citizenship with Dr Agnes Czajka

This week we are sharing a series of podcasts produced by a team of academics at The Open University, which look at a different aspect of 'Citizenship' each day. Today we hear from Dr Agnes Czajka, a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies

23rd July 2018
Photo of two laides in the Pipka Refugee Camp, Lesbos

Day 143, Year of #Mygration: Year of Mygration film

Today we mark the half-way point of The Open University's Year of Mygration by sharing a short film outlining OU work, including conversations with key academics and stakeholders

22nd July 2018
OU partnership team leading this initiative

Day 142, Year of #Mygration: Open University to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week

The Open University has joined up with a number of organisations to host a Fight Against Hate Campaign Day of Action on 15 October as part of the UK's Hate Crime Awareness Week

21st July 2018
Photo of Poland flag

Day 141, Year of #Mygration: Polish British Integration Centre

In today's post, we highlight the services available to the Polish community living, studying and working in Milton Keynes, where the OU's main campus is based

18th July 2018

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