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CER Seminar: Translocal Caring Relationships and Multilingual Identities

Updated 29.04.2021

Wed 9 June 2021

16:30 – 17:30



Translocal Caring Relationships and Multilingual Identities among Young Syrian Refugees and ‘Second Generation’ Youth of African Heritages in the South East of England

This seminar explores young people’s experiences of caring relationships, translocal connections and multilingualism in the context of migration. While newly-arrived young refugees may emphasise the importance of learning English in order to access education, training and employment in the UK and may take on roles as ‘language brokers’ for their parents, ‘second generation’ youth from migrant backgrounds who have grown up speaking English may feel proud or ambivalent about their hybrid cultural identities.  Findings will be discussed from participatory mapping exercises and creative art methods with Syrian young refugees and ‘second generation’ youth of diverse African heritages about their personal communities, translocal connections and multilingual identities in the South East of England.  Given the current context of ‘superdiversity’, the Black Lives Matter movement and increasingly hostile political and media climate for refugees and other migrants in the UK, it is important to provide space for the expression of young people’s own narratives and representations of their identities and caring relationships.

Led by Professor Ruth Evans, University of Reading.

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Presenter Biography

Ruth Evans is a Professor of Human Geography, University of Reading, UK. She has published widely on care, family relations and youth identities in the context of migration, bereavement and chronic illness in Africa and the UK.  She is leading a new project on care, inequality and wellbeing in transnational families in Europe. Twitter @DrRuth_Evans.


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