Beyond Borders: Understanding and Narrating Migration

Wednesday 23rd of June

9.30am - 12pm

Sara Parisi; Emanuela Romeo, University of Strathclyde
Dr Tom Smith; Dr Emma Bond University of St Andrews 

Sara Parisi is a PhD student and Language Tutor at the University of Strathclyde, where she is currently conducting a thesis on the links between literature and the visual arts. She is an Associate Fellow of the HEA and a member of the academic journal Kepos. 

Emanuela Romeo is a PhD student in History at the University of Strathclyde. Her research project investigates the topic of the difficult relations between the Italian partisans (1943-45).

Tom Smith leads SGSAH's KE Hub 'Citizenship, Culture and Ethics' and is Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. He works on queer writing, art and activism in Germany's electronic music scene and is one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers.

About this Session

Nowadays the public debate on migrations seems to focus almost exclusively on the negative aspects of the phenomenon, with newcomers described as a mob pressing against the borders or as potential criminals who will trouble the life of the receiving country. In order to respond to the climate of increasing anti-immigration policies, this session aims to develop a broad understanding of migration through a multidisciplinary approach. Doctoral researchers will learn about voluntary and forced migrations, displacements and work-related issues in different contexts and cultures, thanks to speakers coming from the academic, cultural and voluntary sectors. In particular, the event will help doctoral students to reflect on their own positions, by also encouraging everyone involved to share knowledge, experience and ideas. This session is organised by the Citizenship, Culture and Ethics SGSAH KE Hub

Please note: The presentation part of this session will be recorded and made widely available following the event. Subscribe to the SGSAH youtube channel to be the first to know when it goes live.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, paricipants will:

  • have learned about the value of stories and multiple perspectives on migration;
  • have reflected on links between academic, cultural and third sector work in this area;
  • have critically analysed their own positionality with respect to migration. 

Who might be interested?

This session will be of interest to doctoral researchers across disciplines in the arts and humanities.

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First published: 26 May 2021