BISR Home & Exile Working Group - Art, Home and Exile

Starts 24 January 2018 - 16:00
Finishes 24 January 2018 - 17:30
Venue Birkbeck, University of London. Paul Hirst Seminar Room (102), 10 Gower Street, London WC1E 6HJ
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At our next meeting we will have two speakers exploring the themes of art, home and exile.

  • Lily Hunter Green, Birkbeck, University of London will introduce two short pieces, Sea Change and Harvest and will speak about both installations. She will extract examples of a young Syrian refugee 'Abdul' speaking about his home and not being able to return to his family and the 'Village' in Syria.
  • Oscar Millar, University College London will speak about 'Music and refugees' wellbeing in contexts of protracted displacement: A case study on Yazidi refugees in Greece'.

War and political instability in the Middle East has precipitated a flow of refugees onto European shores that has been the focus of great media and academic attention. As the discourse of the former has been dominated by the problems these communities pose, the duty of the latter is to investigate the solutions European communities can provide. A pivotal form of support is in provisions for young people, who are significant in both number and need. For this reason, attention to the activities and education afforded these young people is necessary to ensure effective interventions, at a time when myriad factors can adversely impact their wellbeing. This project seeks to build on research connecting music practice to wellbeing, by conducting an an in-depth study of the impacts of music practice for young Yazidi people in a state of protracted displacement. By focussing on the capabilities that music develops in areas of identity, social relationships, emotions and agency, this work contributes to studies of wellbeing, evaluations of provisions in refugee camps and music practice as a provision for young refugees.

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The Home and Exile Working Group tries to think about migration in a different way, as a loss of homeland but also the making of a new home and asks, what makes it possible for people to feel at home in exile and, how can academics intervene in the conversation about immigration in ways that produce new discourses that resist racism through insisting on the right of people to feel at home in the world.

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) is the focal point for social research at Birkbeck and a hub for its dissemination and discussion in London and beyond.