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Wed, 22 May


Kingston upon Thames

Making it Home: Reconfiguring Migrant Homemaking Together

MaHoMe - Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration.

Making it Home: Reconfiguring Migrant Homemaking Together
Making it Home: Reconfiguring Migrant Homemaking Together

Time & Location

22 May 2024, 09:45 – 18:00

Kingston upon Thames, Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EQ, UK

About the Event

This is an open event that focuses on how we can intervene to challenge dominant narratives and perceptions of migration and integration by presenting and discussing new ways of re-thinking and re-configuring migrant and refugee home-making amidst divergent integration politics in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.

Centring on migrant and refugee homemaking in the intertwined areas of policy-making, art, and the making of home in the every-day, the event presents a series of innovative aesthetic methodologies resulting from the MaHoMe project, “Making it Home”. Led by Kingston University, in partnership with Lund University in Sweden and Roskilde University in Denmark, the project worked with NGOs and migrant and refugee participants as co-researchers.

The programme has a diverse range of formats, including interactive talks, screenings, visual presentations, panel discussions, a Long Table and an accompanying exhibition.

The event is free and all are welcome. Booking to attend is essential for catering purposes.

(See detailed programme in above agenda)


Welcome: Professor Fran Lloyd (Kingston University), Professor Eleonora Narvselius (Lund University), Professor Marta Padovan-Özdemir (Roskilde University)


AM session: Research Presentations and Panel Discussion



PM session: Exploratory Ethnographies of Homemaking



Workshop: DO##HOME – a home-activist guidebook and film screenings


Invited Guest: Lord Dubs

A Long Table Conversation Hosted by Marta Padovan-Özdemir:

Guests are invited to take part in a long table conversation on re-thinking and re-configuring the migrant-home nexus. The Long Table session uses the setting of a dinner party with three discussion courses as a means to generate public conversation. This etiquette enables the dialogue to be open for all participants.

6.00pm Drinks Reception

Making it Home Exhibition & Ariadne’s Thread Participatory Installation

Town House Foyer

An exhibition of photographs, short films and posters generated through the exploratory MaHoMe workshops with migrant participants and the project research forums will be on show in the Town House Foyer throughout the event.

A participatory needlework installation by Ariadne's Thread - a support group for migrant and refugee communities - will run throughout the day. Please sign up here:

For further information about this event, which is part of Kingston University;s Refugee Week, please contact:

The Event is supported by NordForsk as part of “Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration - MaHoMe, project number 94893"

Cover image credit: Lina Hakim, 2023

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