AUI signs partnership with ITHACA, a project funded by the European commission

11.03.2021

AUI recently signed an agreement to take part in a project titled "Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region" (ITHACA). The project is being funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant number 1010004539. 

The goal of the project is to record the narratives and histories of migrants in order to understand the context and causes of these migrations in an effort to raise awareness of their stories, better manage migration, and develop better migration policies in the future. The project description explains that "The ITHACA project deepens the various forms of narratives on and by migrants, considering them as agents of social change, historically retracing causes, transformations, and effects of migration narratives, and highlighting silenced voices."  

The core of the project is a three-tiered approach: 

1) "a long-term multi-layered historical appraisal (global, oral, digital, gender, socio-economic, and religious), with an archival focus on the collection and preservation of endangered migrant records; 

2) the analysis of the multiple and contrasting forms taken by narratives on migrations; [and] 

3) the attentive listening and interpretation of expectations and experiences of the migrants themselves." 

The way in which Al Akhawayn University has agreed to contribute to this project is by promoting the project and information about it on a larger scale. Other partners and groups involved in the project include scholars, archivists, museum curators, practitioners, NGOs, returnees and potential migrants. 

More details about the project can be found at: http://www.aui.ma/en/academics/research/research-grants.html