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Projects and partnerships

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Covid Chronicles from the Margins

Artwork from Covid Chronicles - a drawing of how to greet someone without shaking hands

Covid Chronicles is a living archive of extraordinary times. The pandemic has created new problems and opportunities for migrants as explored in Covid Chronicles from the Margins where asylum-seekers, refugees, undocumented, black and minority ethnic groups represent their experiences – of deepening inequalities and striking solidarities. A digital space of encounter for diverse groups, we have contributions from people across Europe (UK, Netherlands and Greece) and Global South (Ghana, Uganda and Kenya).

The 'Who are We?' project

Members of the Justice, Borders and Rights stream 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’.

Hip Hop Project

Under the auspices of the Who Are We? Project, Justice, Borders and Rights Visiting Fellow, Tim Butcher, co-created the Hip Hop Pedagogy and Power: Reclaim the Archive project in 2019 with Counterpoints Arts, the Tate Exchange, the Tate Archive and Plymouth College of Art.  Focusing on acts of decolonising and re-imagining the archives, the focus in Stage 1 of the project through 2020 was on the Tate Archive with its miscellaneous objects. Resident artists contributing to Stage 1 include Shay D, AWATE and Big Zuu, who were invited to speak back to and reimagine the idea of the archive, to insert new perspectives and retrieve silenced voices and cultural viewpoints, mentored by dramaturge, Hassan Mahamdallie. This year, in parallel with the launch of the project website, the resident artists will mentor young people, via Plymouth College of Art, sharing the creative, learning and investigative process underpinning the residency. The final commissioned works will form the backbone of a new creative arts curriculum focusing on ‘Youth Activism, Hip Hop, Power and Pedagogy’. This partnership programme will evolve over the next several years, with the website providing a living archive of approaches to arts-based youth activism and hip hop pedagogy. Please note that elements of this project have been adapted to the digital sphere, allowing the residencies to continue despite the ‘physical distancing’ imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Migrant Museum Project

Members of the Justice, Borders and Rights 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.

UN Global Compact

Members of Justice, Borders and Rights contributed to 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.

Families and Relationships across Crises

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 the 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.

Creative and Expressive Writing in post-conflict cultural recovery 

Over the past few years, Dr Siobhan Campbell has worked with collaborative partners in Iraq and in Lebanon to explore how creative writing practice can be a tool in post-conflict resilience building. Siobhan works mainly with women who have been affected by conflict, along with their rights defenders and those who work to provide services in these environments (mainly social workers).

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A-Z of Brexit: A guide to Brexit terminology

This glossary has been designed to explain some of the key terms used in relation to Brexit.

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Year of Mygration

250 insights into how migration affects all of us, not just migrants.

Posted throughout 2018, 5 days a week for 50 weeks, ahead of the OU’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

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