19 January 2016 4 Comments
Dr Caitlin Nunn is a researcher in refugee studies. Her work focuses on refugee settlement, including in relation to youth; identity and belonging; cultural production and media representation; and generational change and intergenerational relations. Much of her research is participatory and arts-based.
Caitlin is currently an International Junior Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.
Her fellowship project uses a participatory arts-based approach to explore experiences of local belonging among young forced migrants in North East England and Central Victoria, Australia.
I won’t pretend it was what I planned.
It’s hard to ‘plan’ anything as a precariously-employed early career researcher, but I was looking for a position closer to home.
Like the university fifteen minutes from my house.
Nor will I pretend it was easy.
Moving across the world with a partner and toddler in tow to establish oneself in a new university, city, and country certainly has its challenges.
But here I am in the UK on a two-year research fellowship.
I will spend this time conducting an ambitious research project, chipping away at my ‘guilt’ folder of works-in-progress, and preparing to pursue my next, yet-to-be-imagined, academic adventure.
Most days, when I enter my office, it is as though I haven’t travelled at all. The globalised nature of academia means that everything is pretty much the same. The same email program and library search engine. The same bibliographic and data analysis software. And the deeply familiar bureaucracy.
Beyond this, however, something has changed: how I relate to colleagues, potential project partners, my work, and my academic identity. Read more of this post