People are mobile, and arguably always have been. Yet, in recent years, migration and mobility have been pushed onto the agendas of government and non-governmental actors alike, have been covered widely in the media, and have generated societal discussions about ways of belonging and exclusion. In a time when migration and mobility are raising political, environmental, social, and ethical questions, there is a pressing need to rethink these fundamental concepts in creative, multidisciplinary ways.
While the University houses two interdisciplinary research centres explicitly dedicated to the research of these themes (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and Refugee Studies Centre), these tend to be primarily based in social scientific approaches. This network wants to reach across and beyond the existing migration research centres, to bring researchers of all aspects of migration and mobility from the University together to develop the migration and mobility research agendas at Oxford, to foster synergies for future collaborative cross- and interdisciplinary projects, and thereby generate a deeper understanding of mobility.
Founded in 2017, the network has been generously supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), and since Michaelmas 2019 has been hosted by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the ‘knowledge exchange’ arm of COMPAS. We are excited by the new opportunities this brings, particularly with regard to reaching out to non-academic audiences as well. Nevertheless, TORCH continues to support us by allowing us to use their facilities and circulating information on the TORCH website – we are very grateful for this.
We organise regular networking events and advertise events and calls of interest to those working on migration and mobility from across the University of Oxford. We also support other inter- and multi-disciplinary events, engagements opportunities, and projects relating to migration and mobility.
We are interested in this network continuing to grow. As such, if you work on any aspect of migration or mobility in any of the University’s divisions or a non-academic organisation within Oxford, please join us and spread the word!
If you would like to become a network participant, join the mailing list, have ideas for projects, or are interested in further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the network convener Domiziana Turcatti: firstname.lastname@example.org