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The MaHoMe project is generously supported by NordForsk. The MaHoMe project directly addresses migration and integration challenges by examining how migrants make and make sense of home amidst the complex and divergent politics of integration in three host societies: UK, Denmark and Sweden. 

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Research Team

Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration -MaHoMe

Kingston University (UK)

Professor Fran Lloyd

I am Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre at Kingston University London. I have published widely on contemporary and modern visual culture with a particular specialism in the history, theory and practice of migrant artistsin the UK,and have over 20 years of experience collaborating on international arts and humanities projects across the museums, galleries and voluntarysectors. With expertise in qualitative research methods, including archive driven research, interviews, visual ethnographies and participatory methods, I have led national and transnational funded research projects with multifaceted outputsof exhibitions, public events and workshops, commissioned film, on-line platforms and publications.  
Projects includethe ongoing ‘Migrant and Refugee Artists in Britain’, initiated in 2009, that has focused on artists fleeing Nazism in Europe in the early 1940s, and contemporary artists from the Arab world, alongside studies of individual patrons and institutions that gave them support. Other ongoing projects include the ‘The Art of Intervention: Art, Performance and Activism’ with Kyoto Seika University, Japan, and the ‘Eadweard Muybridge’project, both initiated in 2010. From 2008 to 2012, I led the Dora Gordine project focusing on the Latvian-born, Estonian and Paris-trained émigré artist/designer (funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council, Henry Moore Foundation and PaulMellon) andthe ‘Public Monuments & Sculpture (PMSA), National Recording Project, funded by Heritage Lottery Grant, Paul Mellon Foundation and AHRC Research grants(2001-2006). LINK

Annabelle Wilkins
I am a post-doctoral researcher on the MaHoMe project with particular interests in the intersections between home-making and belonging in contexts of (im)mobility. My background spans the disciplines of human geography, anthropology and sociology, and I have explored the topics of migration and home using ethnography, in-depth interviews, policy analysis and visual methods. Most recently, I was a Research Associate on the AHRC Translating Asylum project at the University of Manchester, where I worked on a project examining how refugees in the UK have been provided with language support, drawing on archival research, policy analyses and the narratives of refugees and interpreters with experience of displacement.

My doctoral research explored relationships between home, work and migration among Vietnamese communities in East London, drawing on the narratives of participants who migrated from Vietnam to London between 1979 and 2014, alongside ethnography and participatory visual methods. This research highlighted multiple forms of home-making in domestic, public and virtual spaces, as well as revealing how migrant home-making is enabled and constrained by precarious work, insecure housing and immigration policies. This research was published as a book entitled Migration, Work and Home-Making in the City: Dwelling and Belonging among Vietnamese Communities in London (Routledge, 2019). I have authored and co-authored peer-reviewed book chapters and articles in journals including Area and Gender, Place and Culture. My research has been featured in publications including The Conversation and Refugee History. I have also disseminated my research in exhibitions at the Museum of the Home in 2017 and in the Refugees: Forced to Flee exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in 2020. I am Associate Editor of the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture.

Dr Azadeh Fatehrad 

My research, artistic and curatorial projects centre on the representation of diaspora and double agency within the medium of still and moving images. Engaging with socio-cultural factors, I reflect on the notion of individual struggle to navigate through complex social relations and the diverse negotiations of agency within artistic practice.

In November 2018, as part of my reserach at KU,  I initiated ‘Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration -MaHoMe’ (2020-2024)  applying for a grant to enable me to expand my  research through a cross-disciplinary approach. I brought together my network from the Nordic countries including Baltic Art Center (Sweden), Lund university (Sweden) and VIA University College (Denmark)  and invited Prof. Fran Lloyd to lead the team in applying for NordForsk funding. I am delighted that, having passed several selection stages, we are now one of the recipients of the funding.

My interdisciplinary research overlaps discourses such as political science, intersectionality, migration studies, visual culture, representation, photography and architecture, as well as cultural studies. My practice ranges from still and moving images, to fictional stories, short films and artist books, which have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), Somerset House (London), Weltkulturen Museum (the Museum of World Cultures) (Frankfurt), Lychee One Gallery (London) and The Barn Gallery (Oxford), among other places.

My recent publications includingSohrab Shahid Saless-Exile: Displacement and the Stateless Moving Image’ (2020) by Edinburgh University Press, UK and The Poetics and Politics of the Veil in Iran: An Archival and Photographic Adventure (2019) by Chicago University Press. I am currently on editorial Board for the peer reviewed journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden. LINK

 Lund University (Sweden) 

Dr. Eleonora Narvselius (Havrylyuk)

I have participated in four international research projects focusing on urban environment, memory and heritage management. I have also been involved into two COST Actions: CA16213 New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4Dissent), and IS1203 In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME).

I am an anthropologist, my research interests include Memory Studies, Heritage Studies, Urban Studies and studies of ethnicity and nationalism. In the course of my research career I have participated in several international research projects focusing on urban environment, memory and heritage management, e.g., Life Forms in the Suburbs of Large Cities in the Baltic Sea Region (funded by the Swedish Research Council, project leader Prof. Karl-Olof Arnstberg, 1999-2001) and Memory of Vanished Population Groups and Societies in Today’s East- and Central European Urban Environments. Memory Treatment and Urban Planning in Lviv, Chernivci, Chisinau and Wrocław (funded by the Swedish research foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, project co-ordinator Dr. Bo Larsson, 2011-2014). Currently I participate in two research projects: Crafting Academic Heritage in Lund, Wroclaw, Lviv And Kaliningrad. Cultural-Historical Diversity of Universities in European Borderland Regions (Lund University, funded by Erik Philip Sörensens Foundation and Crafoord Foundation), and Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations (University of Barcelona, SO-CLOSE, funded from Horizon 2020). LINK

VIA University College (Denmark)

Marta Padovan-Özdemir

I am Professor of Education and Head of Research Programme for Society and Diversity at VIA University College, Denmark. My research centres on diversity and discrimination with a focus on racialization in welfare work with migrants as well as possibilities of subversive practices. Methodologically, I work at the intersections of historical-sociological documentary analysis and ethnographic intervention exploring critical storytelling and dissensus in qualitative research as well as socially sustainable and just collaborations between researchers and local communities. I have recently ended a three-year project on the development of educational tools for the promotion of critical thinking and prevention of radicalization funded by the Danish Ministry of Education. Ongoing projects include a research project on norm-critical evaluation practices in daycare funded by the Danish Union of Social Educators and a Routledge signed book project together with Dr. Trine Øland, in which we investigate racism and relations of postcolonialism in Danish welfare work with refugees. I have authored and co-authored a range of articles and books including the articles, “Denied, but effective – stock stories in Danish welfare work with refugees” (2020) and “Making precarious immigrant families and weaving the Danish welfare nation-state fabric 1970–2010” inRace Ethnicity and Education (2016), a chapter on migrant parents enacting citizenship in the Routledge volume, Family Life in Transition (2020), and the co-edited volume, Statecrafting on the Fringes: Studies of Welfare Work Addressing the Other (2019). LINK

Kristina Grünenberg

I am currently workingas an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagenand as a research faculty in the Research Program for Society and Diversity, Research Centre for Management, Organisation, and Social Science, VIAUniversity College.Since the early nineties, I have done research,as well as other types of work in the field of migration, with a particular focus on the constructions of home and belonging in the context of exile. This work has mainly taken place inBosnia and Hercegovina, Denmark and Guatemala. Over the years I have participated in several research projects at the intersection ofmigration and migration policies, home and belonging.From a large Nordic project on the politics of temporality and identity in the nineties to my most recent project on biometric border control and migration, whichexplored the epistemological foundations and social implications of biometric technologies in the context of migration.My methodological toolbox is mainly equipped with ethnographic methods,a particular interest in sensory ethnographyand a profound interest in engaging in-and understanding other worlds.I furthermore have a vivid interest in artas an alternative form of expression. In 2012 I co-coordinated the art project: “Sababas; The power of Art in Social Change”together with a Danish NGO, Danish and Ghanaian visual artists, filmmakers and musicians.Here Danish and Ghanaian artists joined up and created collaborative art products and alternative narratives about precarious lives in Ghana and Denmark.Being a part time musician, I have also communicated my research-based knowledge on migration through music and as such,I have aboth an academic andpersonal interest and experiences with the performing arts as an alternative means of communication. LINK
Selected peer reviewed publications:Grünenberg, K, Møhl,P.Fog Olwig, K.and Simonsen, A.(2020) IDentities and identity. Biometric technologies, borders and migration. Grünenberg, K. and Møhl, P. (editors) Introduction to special issue. Ethnos, Journal of Anthropology.Taylor and Francis. (BFI 2)Grünenberg, K. (2014)'This bridge is just like the one in Višegrad!': Dwelling, embodying and doing home across space. I: Jackson; E Jones, H., Rhys-Taylor, A.eds. Emotion and Location: Stories of cosmopolitan belonging, Routledge.

MaHoMe Advisory Board

Prof. Maja Povrzanovic, Frykman Malmö University, Sweden (LINK)

Prof. Nick Mai, Kingston University, London (LINK)

Dr. Moritz Schramm, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark (LINK)

Workshop Facilitators:

ANDROMEDA 8220 is a an independant art platform based in the neighborhood of Gellerup, Aarhus (DK). A non-profit housing neighbourhoodthat houses 6500 souls who brought the area to life since the 80s, currently undergoing the biggest renovation and demolition plan of its kind through the Masterplan, due to the state-run "Ghetto-List"/"Ghetto-Law".Our work within the cultural, architectural, and art sector is collaborative, futuristic, critical, intersectional and curious, including cross-disciplinary collaborators regionally, nationally and internationally in the conversation.We frame our work through many different methods and media, such as film screenings [Vest for Paradis], dinners [Decolonize your Tastebuds], performance and walks [Demolition Tours], talks and debates, workshops and exhibitions, a DJ school, a seminar onarchitecture and city development for local teenagers [Vi Fællesskaber Vores By].Practicing empathy and care, creating open spaces that offer truer representations, nuances and images that are whole, inspiring young generations to follow. The latter are invited to recognize, reflect and re-imagine themselves in a plethora of voices, faces and forms. Andromeda 8220 thus uses the arts, education and culture to reclaim the reality of Gellerup and Aarhus, connecting the communities, experiences and conversations within the ghetto-list galaxy.

Andromeda 8220 was exhibited and highlighted during the Venice Biennale 2018, Dimensions of Citizenship at the American Pavilion.and was also partaking in the exhibition at the 11th Berlin Biennale.Our platform houses other similar initiatives such as the local driven food cooperative and platform [Smag] à la Gellerup, and the national run CAFx: Aarhus Architecture Festival

NGO Partners 

Baltic Art Center Visby

BAC -Baltic Art Center is a residency for contemporary art on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. We constitute an international meeting place in the Baltic Sea Region that brings together artists and organisations regionally and internationally. As a place for research and work for artists and other practitioners engaged within the field of art, BAC develops, produces and presents artistic projects together with partners who share our engagement in today’s society.

BAC is a flexible organisation that follows the artistic process and that adjusts its modus operandi to suit specific productions. By bringing together different methods, artistic practices and knowledge, BAC contributes to the vitality of the art scene and highlights Gotland as an arena for contemporary art. LINK

ActionAid Denmark
(Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke)ActionAid Denmark (Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke) is a Danish NGO and civil society organisation with 25,000 members. It was founded in 1945 in an effort to help German war refugees in Denmark and grounded in a belief that the development of cross-cultural and cross-nationalrelations would prevent another world war. Since then MS has been doing civil society work figthing for equal rights and a life in dignity. In the local Aarhus chapter, the NGO works with grassroots and activists running a bar and event space Cafe Mellemfolkas well as having a shared office space with other green activists organisations. The profits from these places go to projects determined by the activists themselves.

In addition to these socioeconomic enterprises we have a wide network of political workinggroups on subjects such as Climate Justice, antidiscrimination, LGBTQ+, Feminism, Economic Inequality etc. In 2019,we hosted just short of 200 different events in Aarhus, we organised and helpedorganise various demonstrations and festivals for a more just and sustainable society and world! LINK