BIRMM Research Day, together with EDGE, CeMIS & CESSMIR

Thursday 05 May 2022, 09:00 to 17:00

We would like to ask you to Save the Date for our next Research Day, jointly organized by the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM), the strategic research programme on 'Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe' (EDGE) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) of Ghent University and the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) of the University of Antwerp. This year, we will focus on the topic: “Visual, spatial & affective participatory research methods”.

The Research Day will be held on the 5th of May 2022 from 9-17 am. In the morning, we will organize keynote lectures. In the afternoon, we will organize different parallel sessions and networking events. We will end the day, with another keynote lecture on the “Visual and affective methods in valorisation in migration studies”. The Research Day will  be held in person at the VUB, Brussels (Pleinlaan 5).

Everyone affiliated with the VUB, UA and UGent is welcome to participate. Please click here to register.

Full Program:




Welcome & Introduction


Keynote speech by Erene Kaptani: 'The Moving Body: An affective knowledge and Reparative Practice for racialised and migrant women in social research'




Keynote speech by Paolo Favero: 'With Smartphones, Apps and iDocs as Research Companions: Techniques and Tools for Collaborative Research in a (Post)Digital World'


Keynote speech by Rene Kreichauf: 'Understanding Migration through Spatial Research: Implications, Methods and some Approaches from the Field'




Parallel workshops (see below)


Closing speech by Landry Mawungu (Hannah Arendt Instituut): 'The valorisation of research for stakeholders and the general audience: Experiences from the Hannah Arendt Institute' 




Parallel Workshops:

  1. Visual PRM in Migration Studies: Kevin Smets (VUB) & Olga Petintseva (UGent) -  'Visual methods in migration research: reflections and strategies' 
  2. Affective PRM in Migration Studies: Louise Knops (VUB) - 'Working with affect in social sciences: the concept of affective arrangements'
  3. Spatial PRM in Migration Studies: Luce Beeckmans (UGent) & Dounia Salamé (UGent) - title TBC