AHRC funding success for "Forced Migration" project

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Posted on 24 July 2015

Dr Mariangela Palladino and her Co-Investigator (Dr Agnes Woolley, Royal Holloway) have successfully won an AHRC networking grant to pursue their project, "Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration and the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century". Dr Palladino is the Principal Investigator for this international project, and will be working in partnership with Royal Holloway, and the universities of Glasgow (UK) and Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy).

The project’s focus is on the migratory paths across the Mediterranean – Amnesty International reports that 23,000 people are believed to have lost their lives trying to reach Europe since 2000. This project’s key objective is to enhance the capacity  of the humanitiesto intervene: the humanities are central to an exploration of social and cultural knowledge about contemporary migration and its effects. Starting in April 2016, and over a period of 18 months, Dr Palladino and the team will hold three international workshops (Keele, London, Naples) which will bring together artists, filmmakers and poets, practitioners, and scholars. A series of creative events (arts exhibitions, poetry readings, film screenings, a school poetry competition) open to the public will also be hosted throughout the project. The aim is to develop activist and interventionist models of the arts and humanities and provide ‘contact zones’ between creative, theoretical, academic, and activist responses to this unfolding crisis.