DIMECCE: An Overview DIMECCE Workshop Roskilde 16th January 2014 Dr Fiona McCallum
Objectives Comparison of the migrant experiences of Middle Eastern Christian communities in Europe Case Studies of Coptic Orthodox, Assyrian/Syriac &Iraqi Christians Case Study Countries – UK, Sweden & Denmark
Key Questions 1. What are the cultural encounters experienced by Middle Eastern Christian migrant communities? 2. How do Middle Eastern Christian communities negotiate cultural encounters? 3. What are the implications of how cultural encounters with Middle Eastern Christian communities are perceived in the countries of residence? 4. How are cultural encounters translocated into new environments?
Methodology/Approaches • Key but contested concepts – identity, minority, diaspora, transnationalism, integration • Quantitative – electronic survey • Qualitative • Interviews – communal actors & actors from countries of residence • Focus groups from communities • Participant observation
Key Outcomes Survey Workshops Conference including community representatives & relevant stakeholders Project Website ‘Middle Eastern Christians in Europe: History, Culture and Community’ booklet aimed at communities & stakeholders 8 journal articles, monograph & edited book Conference attendance & dissemination
DIMECCE Website: http://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/dimecce/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/dimecce PL: Dr Fiona McCallum (St Andrews)PI2: Dr Lise Paulsen Galal (Roskilde)PI3: Dr Marta Wozniak (Lodz) Postdocs: Dr Alistair Hunter (St Andrews) Dr Sara Lei Sparre (Roskilde)Non-Academic Partner: The Churches’Commission for Migrants in Europe