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Making it Home: Reconfiguring Migrant Homemaking Together

Time: 9.45am - 6.00pm
Venue: Courtyard, Town House, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Price: free

Making it Home: Reconfiguring Migrant Homemaking Together

This is an open event that focuses on how we can intervene to challenge dominant narratives and perceptions of migration and integration by presenting and discussing new ways of re-thinking and re-configuring migrant and refugee home-making amidst divergent integration politics in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.   

Centring on migrant and refugee homemaking in the intertwined areas of policy-making, art, and the making of home in the every-day, the event presents a series of innovative aesthetic methodologies resulting from the MaHoMe project, "Making it Home".  Led by Kingston University, in partnership with Lund University in Sweden and Roskilde University in Denmark, the project worked with NGOs and migrant and refugee participants as co-researchers.  

The programme has a diverse range of formats, including interactive talks, screenings, visual presentations, panel discussions, a Long Table and an accompanying exhibition. 

AM session: Research Presentations and Panel Discussion  

- 9.45-10.00 Welcome: Professor Fran Lloyd (Kingston University), Professor Eleonora Narvselius (Lund University), Professor Marta Padovan-Özdemir (Roskilde University)  

10.00-10.30 Social Science Fiction: Narrative re-constructions of policies addressing the migrant-home nexus by Marta Padovan-Özdemir (Roskilde University) & Annabelle Wilkins (Kingston University) 

  -10.30-11.00 Art as World-Making: Engaging with Home and Belonging through a Migratory Lens by Fran Lloyd (Kingston University), Kristina Grünenberg (Roskilde University) & Phil Dodds (Lund University) 

 -11.00-11.30 Refreshment Break  

 -11.30-12.00 Visual Ethnographies of Migrant Homemaking by Eleonora Narvselius (Lund University) & Nada Al-Hudaid (Lund University) 

 -12.00-12.45 Panel Discussion & Questions with Invited Guests: Lina Hakim (Kingston University), Moritz Schramm, University of Southern Denmark, & Tamlyn Monson (Coventry University)  


PM session  

Exploratory Ethnographies of Homemaking  

-2.00-2.20 Magic ethnography of migrant home-making? by Eleonora Narvselius & Nada Al-Hudaid   

 -2.20-2.40  Google Earth walk'n talks about home from one migrant to another by Kristina Grünenberg & Marta Padovan-Özdemir  

 -2.40-3.00 Curatorial Interventions: live research methodologies for exploring migration and homemaking in a migrant studio-house museum by Helena Bonett (Kingston University) and Fran Lloyd 

 -3.00-3.30 Panel Discussion with invited Speakers  

 -3.30-4.00 Refreshments 

 -4.00-4.45 Workshop: DO##HOME – a home-activist guidebook and film screenings by Mads Dahl Thomsen (ActionAID Denmark) & Marta Padovan-Özdemir (Roskilde University) 

 -5.00-6.00 A Long Table Conversation   

Guests are invited to take part in a long table conversation on the re-thinking and re-configuring of the migrant-home nexus through the lens of policy recommendations. The Long Table session, hosted by Marta Padovan-Özdemir, uses the setting of a dinner party with three discussion courses as a means to generate public conversation. This etiquette enables the dialogue to be open for all participants. 

6.00pm Drinks Reception  

Making it Home Exhibition   Town House Foyer  

An exhibition of photographs, short films and posters generated through the exploratory MaHoMe workshops with migrant participants and the project research forums will be on show in the Town House Foyer throughout the event.  

The event is free and all are welcome.  

Booking to attend is essential for catering purposes. 


Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Professor Fran Lloyd


Directions to Courtyard, Town House, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2EE :