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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’.

Day 80, Year of #Mygration: Interdisciplinary Belonging Symposium

Simon Lavis reflects on the Interdisciplinary Belonging Symposium which took place at The Open University on 18/19 April 2018.

23rd April 2018

Day 79, Year of #Mygration: Moral Economy and the "Refugee Crisis"

Written by Dr Avi Boukli, The Open University and Dr Flora Renz, the University of Kent

20th April 2018

Day 78, Year of #Mygration: The UN Global Compact on Migration must recognise the positive drivers of immigration

Written by Dr Kesi Mahendran, a social and political psychologist working on migration-mobility, non-mobility, belonging, integration and citizenship - including public narratives of European citizenship.

19th April 2018

Day 77, Year of #Mygration: OU Law School Symposium on Belonging

An interdisciplinary Symposium on Belonging is taking place today and tomorrow (18-19th April) at the Open University Law School.

18th April 2018

Day 76, Year of #Mygration: How an artist-academic collaboration worked to amplify migrant women's voices

Artists and researchers collaborated with migrant families to address complex, politically and emotionally challenging issues in a nuanced way. Written by Erene Kaptani, Umut Erel, Maggie O’Neill, and Tracey Reynolds.

17th April 2018

Day 75, Year of #Mygration: We are all displaced

Written by Dr Alena Pfoser, Loughborough University and Dr Sara de Jong, Open University.

16th April 2018

Day 74, Year of #Mygration: The Ethics and Politics of the Migration and Refugee Crisis

The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis: OU collaborations, written by Dr Giota Alevizou.

13th April 2018

Day 73, Year of #Mygration: Who's caring for the front line workers?

Who’s caring for the front line workers? Dr Vita Terry puts forth the idea of using an ethics of care perspective to explore the pressures frontline workers face in the voluntary sector.

12th April 2018

Day 72, Year of #Mygration: Mobile Learning for Mobile Populations: Where should we be heading?

Today the Open University organises a public roundtable at the Migration Museum in London on ‘Technology-enabled Language Education for Migrants and Refugees in the UK’ led by Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology.

11th April 2018

Day 71, Year of #Mygration: Music and Hollywood Migration

The rise of Nazism in twentieth-century Europe undoubtedly triggered a mass migration that affected people of all walks of life. For Jewish composers with an international reputation, who thus had the means to escape, the relative safety and opportunities offered by the United States were compelling.

6th April 2018

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