Workshop Three

Teaching migration(s) globally: experiences, concerns, and recommendations

10 March 2022; University of Glasgow/online.  The workshop was recorded – you can access the recorded presentations here.


This event addresses the following issues: 

A) What is the current state-of-affairs when it comes to mapping issues regarding research and teaching migrations in schools globally? 

B) What are current curricular challenges in the Scottish context vs. other international contexts?  

C) What lines of research and practice would be necessary to strengthen the provision of research and teaching approaches to migration from an interdisciplinary creative perspective? 

This event mirrors the structure and aims of the Workshop One, with the difference that it focuses on experiences of international scholars and practitioners when it comes to challenges of incorporating and teaching migration(s) in different school systems. As the final in our series of research workshops, this event will be also used to compare, discuss and sum up experiences, as well as draw some preliminary recommendations for future collaborations.  

Workshop Programme:

 3.30-3.35 A very brief introduction and welcome

 3.40-3.55 KEYNOTE: ‘Researching migration: translanguaging practices in contexts of (im)mobility’; Dr Gerardo Mazzaferro (University of Turin, Italy)

This presentation is grounded at the intersection of migration and (im)mobility studies and translanguaging. The two paradigms operate dialectically to advance research on how migrants mobilize, negotiate and circulate repertoires of language resources across spatio-temporal configurations and scales. The presentation argues that, depending on spatio-temporal configurations, migrants are able to engage in translanguaging practices, which open up possibilities for resistance to dominant discourses on migrants as passive and non-agentive subjects.  

Dr Gerardo Mazzaferro is researcher in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Turin (Italy). He has carried out research in several fields of multilingualism and sociolingustics of immigration.

4.00-4.15 Multilingual education and translanguaging in primary and secondary schools in Italy; Dr Valentina Carbonara (University for Foreigners, Siena)

Dr Carbonara will share her experiences in teaching classes with immigrant minority students. Valentina has been filming practical activities for teachers dealing with linguistically diverse classrooms. 

Dr Carbonara works on multilingual education and translanguaging in primary and secondary schools. She is the coordinator of the project L’AltRoparlante (awarded the European Language Label 2018), documenting and finding solutions to a progressive loss of home language competence in second-generation immigrant students, associated with phenomena of language resistance and shaming. 

4.20-4.35 Migration and contemporary museum practices; Petra Matić (Zagreb, Croatia)

In her presentation, Petra Matić will explore how contemporary museum practices regarding protection, research and communication are linked to forced migration and integration. The presentation will discuss examples of integrative practices across Europe, including Multaka (Germany, UK), Museums as arenas of integration (Sweden), Werksalon (the Netherlands), Nikola Tesla Migrant and Museums as places of dialogue and encounter (Croatia).

Petra Matić is a cultural activist with degree in Museology and Heritage Management (MA) from the University of Zagreb. She is a vice-president of the managing board of the Peščenica Cultural Centre, and director of the non-profit organization Jutro. She has created programs with Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, Ethnographic Museum, and Typhlological Museum in Zagreb. Her work has been exhibited in the Ljubljana Design Biennial. 

4.40-4.55 Teaching migrations in Poland; Dr Joanna Wojdon (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Dr Wojdon’s presentation explores problems with teaching the history of migrations in Poland (and beyond), with some ideas for prospective history teachers developed within the TEEM Civic and History Teachers’ Education in Europe. Modules for the Development of Democratic Competences and Social Responsibility Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

Dr Joanna Wojdon is chair of Department of Teaching History and Civic Education at the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Poland, board member of the International Society for History Didactics and deputy chair of the Committee for Migration Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  

5.00-5.15 Supplementary and international education: opportunities for community engagement and research; Mirela Dumić (Croatian Supplementary School, London / International School of London, London)

In her presentation, Mirela Dumić will bring perspectives and personal experiences from two distinct international school settings. As a parent volunteer and educator, Mirela will give examples of projects and activities which focus on pupils’ multilingual experiences, creative writing, and film making. 

Mirela Dumić is a research facilitator at the International School of London (London) and a project leader/parent volunteer at the Croatian Supplementary School.

5.15-5.30 Final remarks, questions, and reflections