Soroush

Soroush, in his early 30s, is a student from Iran.

After going through much hassle, he arrived in Ireland to study computer science. He is passionate about cycling and spends much time walking around the city.


This is one of the locations I frequently visit […] The barber is from Soleimanieh, Iraq. He has learned speaking Farsi, in some refugee camps [being friends] with Iranian asylum seekers. There are several reasons I go to this place…. Hmm, look, anywhere you go you have to wait for a long time. He also has a good knowledge of Iranians in Cork and of Cork in general. He can give you useful information… Oh, there is something else, he is good in cutting your hair the German style, if you notice, it is the classic style, popular in Iran. He is also married to an Iranian woman, from Mashhad, like yourself.

This is the gate of the university, an everyday passage.

Mahmood

Mahmood, in his early 30s, a student from Egypt

Mahmood lived in the US before arriving in Ireland. His family still lives in Egypt. He found it difficult to find accommodation in Ireland. His life is rather focused on him finishing his degree and finding a job in Ireland.


Interviewee:      This guy, do you know this guy? [Speaks Arabic] This is an Egyptian Liverpool player.

Interviewer:       Ah.

Interviewee:      He’s a player, yeah. He’s a player in Liverpool. They’re top in the Premier League. And this guy too. Do you know this guy?

Interviewer:       Yeah, that’s Freddie Mercury.

Interviewee:      No, not Freddie Mercury. This is Rami Malek.

Interviewer:       This is Rami Malek.

Interviewee:      Yeah, he’s Egyptian too. So both of them are Egyptian, yeah.

Interviewer:       Can you take a photo of this?

Interviewee:      But I need to be quick. Okay.

Interviewer:       That’s funny.

Interviewee:      Yeah, so the guy in the front his name is Mohammed, Mohammed Salah. He calls it Mo Salah.

Interviewer:       Oh, Mo Salah. Alright, okay.

Interviewee:      Yeah, Mo Salah, yeah.

Interviewer:       But there was something racist going on against him, right?

Interviewee:      Against everyone.


This guy, do you know this guy? This is an Egyptian Liverpool player. He’s a player, yeah. He’s a player in Liverpool. They’re top in the Premier League. And this guy too. Do you know this guy? This is Rami Malek. He’s Egyptian too. So both of them are Egyptian, yeah. I need to be quick [to take a photo of the bus]. Okay. […] Yeah, so the guy in the front his name is Mohammed, Mohammed Salah.

One of my favourite shops.

This road is where I do most of my grocery shopping.

My home, which is very small. I am going to move out soon from this place.

Meet the Team

Dr Mastoureh Fathi, Principal Investigator
Royal Holloway University of London (past affiliation)
Email: Mastoureh.fathi@ucd.ie
Ms Rabia Nasimi, Co-Investigator
Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, and University of Cambridge
Email: rabia.nasimi@hotmail.co.uk

Papers and Presentations

International Society of Political Psychology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2019

Exploring ‘home’ through Afghan women’s art practices

Mastoureh Fathi


14th European Sociological Association Conference

Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging

20-23 August 2019 Manchester 

‘Home’, Intersectionality and Practising Arts: How Can Intersectionality Be Implemented In An Art-based Research Design?

Mastoureh Fathi


Art, translanguage and gendered learnings in pedagogical setting: A new approach to learn ‘with’ women migrants in London, Glasgow University, June 2019

Mastoureh Fathi

Rabia Nassimi


Home, Pedagogy and Belonging: Exploring Afghan women’s ‘extension of home’ in London”. Introducing the project, January 2019

Mastoureh Fathi

Rabia Nassimi

Team Members

Name: Dr Mastoureh Fathi
Role: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Mastoureh’s research is primarily on the notion of home and belonging in migration pathways of migrant women and men. She is Co-PI on Youth Home.
Profile:
Email: mastoureh.fathi@ucd.ie
Name: Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire
Role: Caitriona has done extensive research on return migration, identity and belonging of young migrants and migrant children. She is Co-PI on Youth Home.
Profile: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A012/cnilaoire
Email: c.nilaoire@ucc.ie



Name: Dr Jacquie O’Riodan
Role: Youth Home Advisory Team
Profile: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A012/jacquior
Email: jacquior@ucc.ie
Name: Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí
Role:
Profile: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A010/pmaceinri
Email: p.maceinri@ucc.ie

Publications

Accepted papers and chapters:

  1. Fathi, M. (2021) Young male migrants’ home in Ireland: Examining belonging, domesticity and masculinity narratives, Journal of Gender, Place and Culture.
  2. Fathi, M. and Nasimi, R. (2021) Art Practice and Community-Based Participatory Research with migrant women in London. Action Research
  3. Fathi, M. Memories of material home: refugee women’s depiction of absent objects, chapter in Hodgson, K. and Guiliani, C. (eds.) Displaced: Memory, mobility and material culture. Routledge.

Papers in preparation:

  1. Fathi, M. and Ni Laoire, C. Urban home: Young male migrants’ home-making practices in the city.
  2. Ni Laoire, C. and Fathi, M. Uneven structural possibilities of home: young male migrants negotiating intersectional bordering and home.
  3. Fathi, M. and Ni Laoire, C. Taste of Home: Examining the relationship between home, food and belonging.
  4. Fathi, M. Walking Interviews with Migrants: Visual research on the move in city.

Non-peer reviewed outputs:

  1. Fathi, M. ‘YOUTH-HOME: Young Male Migrants’ Home-making in Ireland’. Project Report (being finalised for publication on project website and ISS21 website)
  2. Fathi, M. ‘Young Migrants’ Home in Ireland’ for e-magazine: ViewFinder, November 2020, Issue 116

Paper Presentations

  • ‘City, Home and Belonging: Young refugees’ urban home-making practices in Ireland’ (with C. Ní Laoire) IMISCOE Conference, Luxembourg (online), 1st-2nd July 2020.
  • ‘Walking Interviews with Migrants: Visual research on the move in Cork city’, ISS21 Creative Methodologies Seminar Series, University College Cork, 17th June 2020. 
  • Young male migrants’ home in Ireland: Examining belonging, domesticity and masculinity narratives, School of Sociology Seminar Series. University College Dublin, May 2020
  • Home, Art and Memory: Refugee Women’s Narratives of Displacement in Turkey, paper presented in Global Protection Regimes for Protection of Refugees and Migrants, Calcutta Research Group (CRG), Kolkata, India, November 2019
  • Home, Art and Memory: Refugee Women’s Narratives of Displacement in Turkey, paper presented in the Migration & Integration cluster and ISS21 seminar series, UCC, October 2019
  • ‘Home’, Intersectionality and Practising Arts: How can intersectionality be implemented in an art-based research design?, European Sociological Association. University of Manchester, 20th-23rd August 2019.
  • Exploring ‘home’ through Afghan women’s art practices, paper presented in International Society for Political Psychology Conference, Lisbon, July 2019.
  • ‘Art, translanguage and gendered learnings in pedagogical setting: A new approach to learn ‘with’ women migrants in London’. (with Rabia Nassimi), University of Glasgow, July 2019.