Narratives of Migration and Belonging (2016-2018)

Narratives of Migration and Belonging: Biographic, Ethnographic and Intersectional Analyses of the experiences and representations of being on the move and attaching.


Principal investigator: Tuija Saresma

Duration of project: 2016-2018

The research project focuses on the autobiographies of migrants, their daily practices, and their representations in the media. Besides migrants, also the experiences and narratives of those who stay are in the focus. The main question is: how and why the narratives of mobility and belonging vary both temporarily and spatially. The starting point of the study is the intersectionality of mobility and migration: the experiences of the migrants differ because of e., g., gender, age, ethnic background, religion, and social class. The materials of the study comprise archival sources, interviews and blogs by migrants in the internet. Multi-sited oikoethnography will be conducted in the Netherlands and Estonia. Participatory workshops will be arranged where the experiences of the recently immigrated are worked into narratives, pictures, photographs and maps. The aim is to increase the understanding of migration and to give tools for analytical discussion on the affective subject. The interactive web site of the project serves as a platform where the stories, maps, and photographs of the mobile people will be collected; it will also include a news application that will link the relevant societal and global news to give context to the personal experiences of the migrants and those who stay.

Keywords: Artistic methods, autobiography, belonging, differences, experiences, intersectionality, maps, media, migration, narratives, participatory research.