Young scholars from Monash and Warwick create successful panel session on research methods at MITN conference

Kristina Humonen (University of Warwick), Christina Efthymiadou (University of Warwick), Lola Sundin (Monash University), Olha Shmihelska (Monash University) and Daniel Clayton (University of Warwick).

The Language, Translation, and Migration: Conference and Public Summit 2018 took place at the University of Warwick, UK on the 24-26th May 2018. The Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN), supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance, brought together scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from different professional and disciplinary backgrounds at the University of Warwick.

The conference was a successful event that allowed interaction on academic, policy and postgraduate levels. Keynote speakers and delegates from Europe, Australia, Canada and the US debated how the politics of language affect social cohesion and access to public resources, such as education, work, health, and the law.

One of the biggest achievements of the cohort of the MITN Postgraduate Network and one of the key presentations at the conference was a panel, titled, “Working with Informants: Negotiating Access and Building Relationships with Research Participants.”

This panel helped to bring together young scholars who work in various disciplines in two universities: Monash and Warwick. Five doctoral members of MITN decided to create an excellent panel on methods of their research: interviews and surveys.

The panel induced a great interest from experienced academics. This panel was a great demonstration of how people from different disciplines can work together in order to contribute to the scholarly literature. It was also an excellent way to show the successful cooperation within the Monash-Warwick MITN Postgraduate Network.

Our special thanks to the organisers of the Conference Dr Jo AngouriUniversity of Warwick, Professor Rita Wilson, Monash University and Professor Loredana Polezzi, the University of Cardiff from the academic side. We also acknowledge a special contribution by our doctoral fellows:  Polina Mesinioti, Gioia Panzarella, Christina Efthymiadou, Daniel Clayton, Kristina Humonen and Kyoungmi Kim- all from the University of Warwick, who helped the academic staff with the organisation of the conference.

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