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Diasporas, Migration and Identities was a strategic research programme within which the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded:

small research projects,
large research projects,
networks and workshops,
Postgraduate activities
, and a variety of seminars and other meetings (see News and Events).

There are also a number of related_AHRC research_projects.

You can read the findings and achievements of small and large grant and networks and workshops projects.

The programme covered the following six themes, full details of which can be found in the programme specification:

  • migration, settlement and diaspora: modes, stages and forms;
  • representation, performance and discourse;
  • languages and linguistic change;
  • subjectivity, emotion and identity;
  • objects, practices and places;
  • beliefs, values and laws.

The principal objective of the programme was the generation of high quality research on diasporas, migration and identities across the arts and humanities that drew upon a wide range of disciplinary resources and skills, and encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration in and beyond the academy. Other objectives included the development of:

  • a distinctive contribution to the theoretical, conceptual, thematic, practice-led and empirical study of diasporas, migration and identities by focusing on cultural, historical and linguistic perspectives and creative practice;
  • a body of theory, methods and cases to enable a comparative analysis of diasporas, migration and their associated identities to be undertaken;
  • engagement, communication and exchange, at both programme and project level, between researchers and a wide range of individuals and organisations who have an interest in their research and its outcomes, including those in the cultural sector, media, government, public and voluntary bodies, and the contribution to public policy;
  • public awareness of arts and humanities research on diasporas, migration and identities;
  • research findings and outcomes of international significance and quality and their dissemination to an international research audience;
  • networks of researchers in and beyond the UK;
  • new connections and approaches that may become embedded in the research agenda and resources of the arts and humanities, and may be built on in future applications to AHRC for funding in responsive mode.