This half-day event, part of ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, is organised in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences, UCL to explore how different art forms can contribute to knowledge exchange and public engagement around timely research questions about migration.
The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual nationwide event enabling the wider public to engage with social science research.
In the afternoon, creative practitioners will share work informed by two social science research projects on contemporary migration in the Mediterranean Sea.
The day will feature the screening and director’s Q&A of 'Ccà semo Here we are, lives on hold in Lampedusa’, a documentary produced by Dr. Michela Franceschelli (UCL), as part of a sociological research project. The documentary tells the stories of the people of Lampedusa, the Italian island and first port entry into Europe for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
The afternoon also features a participatory performance and audio installation developed by young refugees from Pan-Intercultural Arts and Refugee Youth. The performance is in response to Boat 195, collected by Dr Domenico Sergi as part of the Italy and Mediterranean Encounter, currently displayed in the World Gallery.
The two projects use ethnographic fieldwork and interviews to explore contemporary migration in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing to the fore the unheard voices of both Lampedusans and refugees.
The event disseminates findings from social science research, drawing from sociological and anthropological projects that will provide the framework for discussions.