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Art, Translanguage, and Gendered Learnings in Pedagogical Setting: A New Approach to Learn 'with' Migrant Women in London

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The Cambridge Migration Society is pleased to present the Easter 2019 Graduate Migration Research Seminar Series.

Seminar II: Art, Translanguage, and Gendered Learnings in Pedagogical Setting: A New Approach to Learn ‘with’ Migrant Women in London Speaker: Rabia Nasimi, PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Cambridge Discussant: TBA Location: Alison Richard Building Room 119

Abstract: This presentation is based on our observations and the reflective notes that we took after a series of art workshops that we organised for a group of Afghan, Syrian, Ukranian and Iraqi women in an NGO in West London. These workshops were taking place on Saturdays after the women participate in English classes. We used different methods of in arts and communication in this multi-lingual environment to create learning from various perspectives. For us, as a group of community activists and academics, this was a valuable experience in learning firstly to work together but also to understand what collaborative ethnography means. These multi-cultural and multi lingual sessions not only brought a new dimension (combination of art, mothering, narrative and eating) but also facilitated the various ways of meaning making and learning, what we call ‘translanguage’. We argue that the notion of integration through learning ‘a language’ is not as important is it is portrayed in policy and media. There are other less developed dimensions of learning that if facilitated, can improve the sense of self, integration and communication and visual skills.

About Rabia: Rabia Nasimi is a PhD Candidate in Sociology. She graduated from the LSE in 2016 with an MSc in Sociology (Research). Her undergraduate degree was in Sociology and Politics from the University of Goldsmiths in 2015 where she received a first for her dissertation. Whilst studying she has been extensively involved in running the ACAA (Afghanistan and Central Asian Association), a charity that was founded by her father Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi in 2001 to support refugee integration in the UK. As part of her work at the ACAA she has worked on a diaspora-led development programme in Afghanistan as well as supporting women and families who are refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Her work at the organisation has also meant she has developed strong monitoring and evaluation skills as well as project management.

— The GMRSS offers PhD, MPhil, and Masters students currently engaged in research on migration an opportunity to present their work, get feedback and meet other graduate colleagues working on similar issues. Presenters are from various fields, disciplines, and universities, and similarly, and we welcome attendees from across the University.

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