Finding Home: Migration, Placemaking & Research Creation Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ryerson University
contact email: 

Call for Proposals

Finding Home: Migration, Placemaking & Research Creation Symposium

May 22-23

Ryerson University, Toronto


Finding Home: Migration, Placemaking & Research Creation,  a 2-day symposium May 22-23 at Ryerson University in Toronto, invites scholars, policy-makers, artists, migrants and other stakeholders to join us in round table discussions, performances, film screenings and workshops. The symposium is the culminating event of a SSHRC-funded 2-year international project examining the concept of home for forced migrants of all identities, using arts-based research. 


The symposium will host  2 round tables with the following questions/prompts drawn from participants’ research and experience:



How can art practice become a space where citizenship is performed by homeless or underhoused refugees and asylum seekers? 


What is the relationship of archive and memory to migration, and how can art remediate archival loss? 


How can migration arts, advocacy and research impact policy and the grassroots and/or government level?


What are best practices in LGBT Migration/Research Creation/ Media Advocacy ?


What are the poetics of placemaking & displacement ?


How can hospitality function as placemaking?



We also accept proposals for interactive arts-based workshops that relate to the above themes.


We welcome proposals from scholars, artists, migrant artists, performers, poets, organizers, and any combination thereof.


Please send a 200 -word abstract/proposal/description along with a bio to


Marusya Bociurkiw

Cc’d to  Dr Elena Marchevska