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Family relations and ethics of care across space: refugee children’s and families’ experiences in south-east England.

   School of Archaeology

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  Dr R Evans, Dr S Lloyd-Evans  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Teaching Assistant. The appointed person will be registered for a Part-Time PhD, while holding a contract of employment from the University of Reading which encompasses both doctoral studies and teaching responsibilities with an associated salary. The post will commence on 19th September 2016, for a period of 4 years. Although six potential topics are being advertised, only one post will be appointed to the strongest candidate.

Teaching duties: The appointed person will be expected to deliver seminars and tutorials to groups of 10-20 students on a regular basis, to undertake assessment marking and to undertake undergraduate dissertation supervision. They will be expected to complete the required training and development activities as specified by the Department, achieving AFHEA status within the first two years of appointment. Teaching duties will not exceed nine hours of teaching and learning work (of which no more than six will be contact hours) during term time.

This innovative participatory action research (PAR) project will explore how family relations and an ethics of care are sustained across space in the context of forced migration and seeking asylum in the UK. Sustaining social ties and caring relations with family members in countries of origin or other settlement countries while seeking asylum may be particularly challenging, in view of conflict and displacement, limited entitlements to support and restrictions on mobility. A PAR methodology, which recognises that marginalised groups play an active role in the construction of their lives and the societies in which they live, is considered most appropriate. This collaborative approach may benefit refugee families, addressing some of the power imbalances in conventional research. Visual community arts projects have considerable potential to achieve ’depth’ of impact, leading to peer support, empowerment and other changes that may become a turning point in young people’s lifecourse and may flatten power hierarchies. Through being embedded in key partner organisations, the candidate will recruit a diverse sample of refugee and asylum-seeking families living in the South East. The direction and focus will be shaped by children, families and support workers, and by the interests and experience of the candidate, but the following objectives will guide the project: 1. To explore refugee children’s and young people’s sense of belonging and multiple attachments to place; 2. To explore kin and ’kin-like’ relations among refugee families in the UK and contact with those in their country of origin/ other settlement countries and how an ethic of care and social ties are sustained across space; 3. To identify practices and approaches which may reduce barriers to accessing services and promote an ethic of care in support for refugee children and families;4. To reflect on how PAR/community-based visual arts methodologies can best promote the empowerment and social inclusion of refugee children and families and lead to societal impacts.

Funding Notes

Remuneration: Tuition fees will be waived up to the level set for Home/EU postgraduate researchers, and the appointed person will receive a maintenance stipend and a monthly salary commensurate with their teaching duties.

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