MigNet Ideas Salon

Posted on 25 January 2018

The ideas salon provided an opportunity to generate ideas for York MIgNet's future.


The Migration Network Ideas salon, held on 9 November 2017, included PhD students, external visitors and 13 MigNet members. 

Dr Aine O’Brien from Counterpoints Arts, opened the Ideas Salon by discussing Arts and Migration: Summary of the IAA Impact Research fellowship one year on and shared key points from the IAA Fellowship at York.

Currently, Counterpoints are exploring Cross Border Learning and Arts; a Creative Europe grant application; and a Tate Exchange project - 'Who are We?' that includes York MIgNet.

Following Aine's talk, dialogue groups set up by the salon, gave a chance for areas to be discussed and explored.

Ideas for shared learning included:

  • Forced displacement and human rights activists
  • Internal displacement
  • Factoring in Impact, eg, policy impact into research 

Ideas for research included:

  • Variations in Language – migration inter and intra-nationality (inc W Africa) Regional Languages/Accents/Areas of Arabic Speakers/ Bradford 60 year heritage
  • Language as a methodology – measure of identity – using mixed methods and participatory techniques & the generation of corpus of data for analysis

The salon was followed by a screening of 'Calais Children', directed by Sue Clayton which follows the aftermath of the razing of the Calais jungle and its impact on the nearly 2,000 unaccompanied minors stranded there. The film was introduced by Sue Clayton and followed by a Q&A session.

The network is looking to widen the network beyond academic membership in the future and work with PhD students' ECR's to action their ideas and develop further research support.