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The Cambridge Migration Research Network

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Provides a platform for expression in literature, poetry or storytelling for refugees and the dispossessed

Hiraeth works with refugees and the dispossessed to provide a platform for expression in literature, poetry or storytelling. We offer regular readings, discussion sessions, and help with writing, translating and publishing. The aim is to create a network of support writers who, for any reason, feel marginalised.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no English translation. It’s something more than homesickness – a mixture of nostalgia and desire. One definition is “a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was.”

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CAMMIGRES member, Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History) publishes in Foreign Affairs: 'Boat People, Then and Now. Making the Calais Crossing', 7 September 2015

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Launched in January 2014, by Co-Founders Professors Madeleine Arnot and Loraine Gelsthorpe, and Research Associate Dr Jessica Wheeler, the Cambridge Migration Research Network, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund, brings together a superb tract of migration research, spanning 23 University of Cambridge faculties, departments and centres, including researchers in anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, economics and land economy, geography, sociology, gender studies, psychology, health and education studies, management studies, linguistics, theology, criminology and law.

CAMMIGRES researchers' interests orient around the impacts of past and present migration in relation to human evolution and development, social, legal, and economic policy, governance, professional knowledge, institutional practice and social relations.