Being the Other – Tell your story!
Our new project has launched! We are pleased to invite members of the Iranian community in Western Europe to participate in Phase II titled “Being the Other” of our research project on “The Role and Identity of the Iranian Diaspora in Western Europe”. Please also find our call for filmmakers here.
In June 2016, the Simorgh and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam produced a research study on “The role and identity of Iranian migrants and diaspora in Western Europe”, which was published in a report and presented during several conferences.
Phase II of this research project is titled “Being the Other” and is based on migrant stories. And this is where your voices come in.
“Being the Other” will tell the diverse yet unified story of Iranian migrants in Western Europe: how they integrated in their new homes, what challenges they faced, what opportunities they gained, what migration and their new home gave them.
As global migration continues, we believe these are important questions to ask and vital stories to be told and heard; told by people going through the different phases of adaptation and integration, and heard by the thousands of individuals who want to embark on this journey of migration—what can one expect, is it really better than my “home country”?— and heard by governments and policy makers, who need to make sense of migration and its challenges.
Are you “the other”?
We are now looking for volunteers to take part in Phase II of this research project. If you are interested, you should have the following requirements:
• Born in Iran
• Currently living in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland or the UK
• Interested to share your stories and experiences of migration with others
How it works
After applying for the project and filling out a simple registration form to see whether you fit the above-mentioned criteria, selected candidates are invited to participate in:
1. An online focus group discussion (approx. 2 hours)
2.a. An online video prep session (e.g. skype) with one of our research team members to guide you in how to best tell your story (optional)
2.b. A creative video: Tell us your story about being the other. You can either record yourself simply talking to the camera and/or record short scenes of your home/country or anything that represents being the other for you. Be creative, the sky is the limit!
Though we would love if participants apply for both the focus group discussion and the creative video submission, you can also select only one option when you register. Everything can be done anonymously or with a changed name.
What happens next & call for filmmakers
Data from the focus groups is analysed identifying key themes. This information will be composed and printed in a book titled “Being a Migrant”, which will be the second book in the Being series and following our first book Being Iranian. The videos will be prepared as a short film, telling the story of Iranian migrants. We are also looking for filmmakers, please find the call here!
How to register
If you would like to participate, please send us a simple email saying who you are and that you would like to take part at email@example.com That’s it! We will get in touch with you and together find the best way to tell your story.
We are very excited about this new project. It is a narrative that needs to be told and needs to be heard. Please help us spread the word, join our project, or contribute to our work. Please see the Persian invitation here. If you have any general questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!
From the Research Group “The Role and Identity of the Iranian Diaspora”:
The Department of Social Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & The Simorgh Research Team