Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

UNESCO Chair Blog Series


Please see below for a collection of blog posts by members and partners of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts team. The UNESCO Chair is linked to GRAMNet – more information about their work can be found at:

June 2020: New Affiliate Artist Mbizo Chirasha shares some of his work

May 2019: Catrin Evans keynote listener report – Spring School 2019

May 2019: UNESCO Spring School 2019: Part 1 by Alexandra Colta

November 2018: We Are United! – Poetry from our Affiliate Artist Adel Salmanzadeh

October 2018: in my time (for National Poetry Day)

June 2018: On the Border of Art and Language Teaching in the Multilingual World

May 2018: Selected poems from UNESCO RILA Artist in Residence Chirikure Chirikure

April 2018: Integration a learning experience: Why writing and sharing stories is important in the context of integration.
“It is not sufficient simply to have an experience in order to learn. Without reflecting upon this experience it may be quickly forgotten, or its learning potential lost.”

November 2017: Refuge and Ecologies of ‘Labouring and Resting’: Reflections on Wind Resistance by Karine Polwart
“Remember the geese,” she says, after a torrent of words of happy, heartfelt thanks, to an audience on feet on the last night of her show “Wind Resistance”.

October 2017: Inaugural University of Sanctuary Lecture: Dublin City University 29 Sept 2017
Dublin City University  hosted ‘Asylum Narratives’ – a conference focused on the role of the arts and languages in the Irish asylum system, with a particular advocacy and research focus on the Irish system of ‘Direct Provision’.

September 2017: Chill Habibi Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 12th 2017
At Summerhall there has been a wonderful array of award-winning Arab Arts Focus events unfolding throughout the Festival.

September 2017: Reflections on the New European Songbook at the Edinburgh International Festival

August 2017: Reflections from our visit to Ghana and the Noyam African Dance Institute 
In this first post, Prof Alison Phipps reflects on her visit to Ghana and the Noyam African Dance Institute as part of the GCRF Project “Idioms of Distress”

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