On 7 March 2019, AUC was the host venue for a seminar of the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion's (IMISCOE) Standing Committee on “Migrant Families, Children and Youth.” In attendance were the coordinators of the IMISCOE Standing Committee, Dr. Joaquin Eguren (Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid, Spain), Dr. Rosa Mas Giralt (University of Leeds; Noemi Garcia Arjona, University of Rennes) and Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth (Amsterdam University College). AUC students and faculty were also able to participate in the day-long conference to learn from the expertise being shared.
IMISCOE is one of the largest European networks on the subjects and research areas of migration and integration. With over 700 scholars and 45 European institutes involved in its activities, the conferences, publications and seminars are critical sources for the sharing of knowledge on all topics related to migration, ranging from migrant family experiences and refugee reception to education policies for the children of migrants, integration crises and more. As issues related to migration become ever more pressing, the IMISCOE network forms an increasingly vital link between research, education and policy making across the continent.
As part of the seminar, a Who’s in Town lecture was delivered by Dr. Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Associate Professor at the Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Research Center for Learning and Innovation, on “The Potential of Participatory Action Research for Migration and Youth: Methodology and Responsibilities.”
In her presentation, Dr. Montesano Montessori introduced an emergent model of participatory action research (PAR) that integrates critical discourse analysis (CDA). The design of the model creates a basis strong enough to carry a participatory research process and flexible enough to absorb decisions and emerging insights in a process of shared meaning-making.
She discussed how the model was developed and applied in different contexts over the past ten years and explained how it can effectively be used not only in education but also in medical and research settings.
The contributions from both the seminar and Who’s in Town lecture once again highlighted the importance of contact between field researchers, lecturers and students in sharing the latest developments on interdisciplinary research methodologies in a rapidly changing world.