The Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) aims to increase the scientific standing of migration research by emphasizing on research methodology, theory formation and attention for the societal relevance of migration research. A specific objective of the association is to bring together PhD candidates and young researchers to stimulate interaction and scientific discussion. DAMR is an interdisciplinary association in which different disciplines covering the broad field of migration come together. In this way, the association seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary and inter-university research.

DAMR 2019 PhD Workshop - Migrant Subjectivity and Agency

The first part included the panel discussion with researchers from different academic disciplines who have all worked on issues related to agency and subjectivity. It was a very fruitful and insightful dialogue that raised challenges and considerations associated with the concepts of agency and subjectivity within different academic disciplines.

In the course we also encouraged participants to develop new ideas for innovative interdisciplinary research on agency and subjectivity through group work sessions. As a result, the groups came up with interdisciplinary ideas and got the possibility to discuss the feasibility and implementation of these projects.

We believe that the workshop created a space to share ideas, views, and encourage further collaborations.


13:00 – 13:15: Opening and introduction

13:15 - 15:00: Moderated panel on disciplinary understandings of agency and subjectivity in migration research with:

Dr. Donya Alinejad (University of Utrecht, Media and Culture Studies)

Dr. Milena Belloni (University of Antwerp, Anthropology)

Dr. Saskia Bonjour (UvA, Political Science)

Dr. Sanda Mantu (Radboud University, Law)

Dr. Joris Schapendonk (Radboud University, Human Geography)

Moderators: Mariia Shaidrova (TiU) and Mirjam Wajsberg (Radboud University)

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:20 Workshop Session 1

16:20-16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 Workshop Session 2

18.30 – 20.30 Dinner at Café Esplanada


The workshop provided a platform for all participants to share and learn about different approaches and conceptualizations to migrant agency and subjectivity. Moreover, the facilitated workshop provided an opportunity to exchange and develop ideas for interdisciplinary research projects in smaller groups and to discuss them with the plenum. After the workshop, the participants had further possibility to build networks and exchange ideas over dinner and drinks.

One of the aspects of the workshops that was particularly enjoyed by the participants was the ability to freely generate ideas in an open setting. Without any limitations set in terms of budget, size or duration of the project they had the possibility to come up with innovative research designs and to inspire one another with new perspectives. We also got to critically analyse the meaning of interdisciplinary work and the different challenges, both practical and theoretical, of combining the work of different disciplines into one project.

We were pleased to experience the level of enthusiasm of all the workshop participants and their willingness to engage in an open dialogue with their peers.

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