CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Migration, asylum and participatory research’

Friday 13th May 2016, 12.30-5pm
Room 2.90 Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

The ‘Migration, Asylum and Participatory Research’ event is hosted by the Cultural Significance of Place research group at Newcastle University, and we aim in this afternoon session to explore the experiences and representations of migration and asylum with a particular focus upon participatory research, and the links between research and practice. We are delighted to confirm:

Associate Professor Sara Kindon (Victoria University of Wellington) – ‘Making Urban Lives: Refugee-Background Youth and Resettlement in Aotearoa New Zealand’
Dr. Katherine Lloyd (Heriot-Watt University) – ‘Who Do We Think We Are? Exploring place, identity and belonging in the North East’
Jenny Smith (Newcastle University) – ‘Betwixt and Between: Refused asylum seekers living in Newcastle upon Tyne’
Sarah Smart (Newcastle: City of Sanctuary) -‘Newcastle, A City of Sanctuary? The continuing importance of welcome in everyday interactions’

Further details about the event can be found here:

We now welcome abstracts from research students and early career researchers from any subject area at Newcastle University who would like to contribute to this event e.g. by giving a paper, running an activity, performing, or presenting work in progress for around 20 minutes. Topics may include (although by no means are limited to):

  • Experiences and representations of migration and asylum
  • Geographies of equity and social justice
  • Cultural democracy and citizenship
  • Welcome and sanctuary
  • The role of identity and belonging
  • The role of the ‘home’ and migration heritages
  • Exclusion, discrimination, misrecognition and racism
  • The media and immigration discourse
  • The impact of policy – now and in the future
  • The intersection of migration and gender, age, ethnicity, religion and sexuality
  • Community and co-production – re-thinking the relationship between research and practice
  • What’s next for participatory research? – methods, ethics and lessons learned

Please send abstracts or proposals of no more than 200 words to Emma Coffield ( by Friday 22nd April 2016.


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