Moving People Changing Places

Moving People Changing Places:
This new book and website aimed at Key Stage 4 children explores the issues of migration, identity and diversity in contemporary societies. It presents major episodes in the history of migration to Britain and the social, cultural and economic contribution made by new settlers.

Diasporas, Migration and Identities was a trans- disciplinary research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It included arts and humanities scholars from all over the UK working on individual research, large collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, and in international networks. The aim was to research, discuss and present issues related to diasporas and migration, and their past and present impact on subjectivity and identity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics and sociality.

The final Programme Director’s report for the AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme, 2005-2010, is now available. The report describes the objectives, history and management of the programme and presents its highlights. The extent to which it met its original objectives is examined in relation to programme themes, the development of the research field, the quality and academic impact of the research and its contribution to building intellectual and human capacity. Its contribution to public awareness, engagement with stakeholders, and non-academic impact is also assessed. Programme outputs and outcomes are presented. The Director presents a case for the value of research programmes and considers the lessons learned. Future research directions are suggested. A list of participating projects is appended, with data on the Programme Steering Committee and Commissioning Panel, its subject categories and output data.

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Claudia Liebelt

Caring for the 'Holy Land':
Filipina Domestic Workers in Israel
by Claudia Liebelt

In Israel, as in numerous countries of the global North, Filipina women have been recruited in large numbers for domestic work, typically as live-in caregivers for the elderly. The case of Israel is unique in that the country has a special significance as the ‘Holy Land’ for the predominantly devout Christian Filipina women and is at the center of an often violent conflict, which affects Filipinos in many ways. While maintaining transnational ties and engaging in border-crossing journeys, these women seek to
fulfill their dreams of a better life. During this process, new socialities and subjectivities emerge that point to a form of global citizenship in the making, consisting of greater social, economic and political rights within a highly gendered and racialized global economy.


Tate encounters

Tate Encounters was a joint interdisciplinary project directed by Andrew Dewdney at London South Bank University, with Victoria Walsh (Tate Britain) and David Dibosa (Wimbledon School of Arts). It posed questions relating to the relative absence of visitors from Black and Minority Ethnic groups to Tate Britain, focusing in particular on policy, barriers to access, modes of spectatorship, notions of Britishness within the display of the National Collection of British Art, and how ideas of audience and viewer were held and brought into play by Tate staff. Six hundred undergraduate students participated, with twelve becoming co-researchers in an in-depth, two-year study working with a visual anthropologist. An organisational study with nearly forty Tate employees was carried out, and a month-long public programme (Research in Process) of interviews, panel discussions and screenings was held. Read project publications here




Diasporas book

Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities
Edited by Kim Knott and Seán McLoughlin

Featuring essays by world-renowned scholars, Diasporas charts the various ways in which global population movements and associated social, political and cultural issues have been seen through the lens of diaspora.
Wide ranging and interdisciplinary, this collection considers critical concepts shaping the field, such as migration, ethnicity, post-colonialism and cosmopolitanism. It also examines key intersecting agendas and themes, including political economy, security, race, gender and material and electronic culture. Original case studies of contemporary as well as clasical diasporas are featured, mapping new directions in research and testing the usefulness of diaspora for analysing the complexity of transnational lives today. For more information about the book, reviews and an opportunity to purchase a copy, click here to go to the Zed Books website.


Emotions and Human Mobility. Ethnographies of Movement (Routledge 2012)
edited by Maruska Svasek

This book provides insights into the emotional dimensions of human mobility. Drawing on findings and theoretical discussions in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, linguistics, migration studies, human geography and political science, the authors offer interdisciplinary perspectives on a highly topical debate, asking how 'emotions' can be conceptualised as a tool to explore human mobility. Emotions and Human Mobility investigates how emotional processes are shaped by migration, and vice versa. To what extent are people’s feelings about migration influenced by structural possibilities and constraints such as immigration policies or economic inequality? How do migrants interact emotionally with the people they meet in the receiving countries, and how do they attach to new surroundings? How do they interact with 'the locals', with migrants from other countries, and with migrants from their own homeland? How do they stay in touch with absent kin? The volume focuses on specific cases of migration within Europe, intercontinental mobility, and diasporic dynamics. Critically engaging with the affective turn in the study of migration, Emotions and Human Mobility will be highly relevant to scholars involved in current theoretical debates on human mobility. Providing grounded ethnographic case studies that show how theory arises from concrete historical cases, the book is also highly accessible to students of courses on globalisation, migration, transnationalism and emotion. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Calder book

Citizenship, Acquisition and National Belonging
edited by Gideon Calder, Phillip Cole and Jonathan Seglow

What does it take to become a citizen of a particular nation? In a globalizing world, and with increasing international mobility, is it justified to restrict membership of a society? If so, on what grounds? Do societies need a distinctive national culture in order to thrive - and should this be a factor in the allocation of citizenship to those migrating from elsewhere? How is national identity actually perceived among the existing citizens of western countries? In this volume major commentators, from a range of critical perspectives, explore a series of pressing, controversial issues surrounding the acquisition of citizenship, in theory and practice.

Meinhof book

Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational Networks
by Nadia Kiwan and Ulrike Hannah Meinhof

This book is about South-North, North-South relations between Africa and Europe, seen through the prism of musicians from North Africa and Madagascar: a decidedly 'bottom-up' view, which privileges the voices of people 'on the move'. The book presents the personal narratives of musicians in different locations across Africa and Europe, and those of the people who constitute their networks within the wider artistic, cultural, and civil society milieus of global or globalizing societies. The authors suggest that artists who create or enter such networks follow a different logic of translocal and transnational links than is normally associated with diaspora and migration research on music. Of particular significance in the study is a new perspective on migration which not only focuses on transnational migrants who left their country of origin, but foregrounds an analysis of migration within so-called 'sending' countries - a process which often motivates the first steps towards transnational migration. More
Drama and Development
This volume by the 'Tuning In' team, uses the dramas of the BBC World Service Trust - and the creative work involved from their conception to consumption - as a prism through whcich to assess critically practices of cross-cultural translation. This book breaks new ground in how we think about, create, consume and research serial drama in cross-cultural and post-colonial contexts to effect progressive social change.


An archive of featured case studies.