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The UCLan Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) will develop in-depth, state of the art, impactful and interdisciplinary analysis, of transnational cultural, political, social, socio-legal and historical topics concerning the three main themes of migration, diaspora and exile.
It will research contemporary migration in Britain and Europe and beyond including such issues as the Windrush scandal, deportations and detentions and the racialisation of migrants with the rise in xenophobia and far-right political parties.
The Centre will also research ways that refugees, migrants and rest of civil society are challenging these inequities through links to community groups beyond the University that work with refugees and migrants such as Preston Black History Group, Sewing Café, Lancaster, Lancashire County Council (Syrian Resettlement Programme) and Preston City of Sanctuary.
Since these issues have shaped our world for millennia, the centre will not only conduct research on contemporary cases, but it will also tackle past ones, such as the Spanish exile after the Civil War, the cultural history of the Black Atlantic diaspora, and the responses of Asian societies to their colonial past. Uniting researchers from the social sciences, law and humanities, the centre builds on UCLAN's existing research strengths in the field, including Black British artistic practice (2017 Turner Prize winner, Lubaina Himid), Migrant Nurses (Mick Mckeown), Russia Abroad (Olga Tabachnikova), Spanish literature in exile (Eduardo Tasis), Peace and Justice Studies (Kim McGuire) and Chinese Migration (Lara Momesso). MIDEX would create synergies with other UCLAN researchers working on related themes and existing centres/institutes, such as the Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies and the Institute for Black Atlantic Studies (IBAR). It will also collaborate with the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS), the Institute of Korean Studies at UCLan (IKSU), the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAS) whose members include leading researchers on migration issues in the Asia Pacific.
MIDEX has three main objectives: