C02
Anthropology, Museums and Art: Collaborative Methodologies in Migration Research

Convenors:
Maria Abranches (University of East Anglia)
Giuliana Borea (University of London/ Universidad Católica del Peru)
Ulrike Theuerkauf (University of East Anglia)
Discussant:
Alex Flynn (Durham University)
Start time:
Session slots:
0

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to stimulate reflection on innovative methodologies in migration research, especially those that explore the collaboration of anthropology as an academic discipline, with the creative and cultural industry sector, such as museums and art.

Long abstract:

Human migration, although not recent, is now more than ever a global phenomenon, involving challenges at multiple levels and therefore requiring multilateral response from all sectors. This panel is interested in reflecting on the role played not only by academics, practitioners, policy makers and civil society, but also by these in cooperation with the creative and cultural industry sector, such as museums and art. Anthropology, alongside other disciplines, has been contributing to reflect on the challenges posed by migration from a people-centred approach that takes migrants' voices and experiences to the centre of the discussion, in order to better understand what is involved, and find more adequate responses. There are also several examples of museums and artists whose work is focused on the migrant experience. This panel seeks to explore the enormous potential of innovative research collaborations and the use of creative methodologies, reflecting also (but not only) on impact, such as diversifying audiences and increasing public awareness of such issues. It will also include a guided visit to the Strangers Hall Museum in Norwich, where participants can learn more about the history of 16th Century migration to the city, which provided refuge to a large protestant community from the Low Countries.