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Ethnography of an EU Erasmus+ Project

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Terry LambUniversity of Westminster t.lamb1@westminster.ac.uk

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Danila MayerWorld of NGOs (Vienna) office@danilamayer.at

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Researchers participating in the development and training week of one of the European Union's Erasmus+ projects come forwards in this contribution and share their insights. Youth engaged in integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers were to be trained, their approaches made visible and their networking strengthened in a two-year project that included a seven-days get-together in Croatia. Further activities included ample desk research of relevant initiatives, dissemination conferences in the participating countries (England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Croatia), a research report, and a collection of training modules. A definite goal was to address and to counter rising tensions in EU countries regarding refugee and migration movements.

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Terry Lamb is a former secondary school languages teacher, now Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Head of the Westminster Centre for Teaching Innovation at the University of Westminster. He has published extensively in aspects of inclusion, including engaging learners and valuing diversity, with a specific focus on multilingualism and teacher education. He has carried out consultancies and presented keynote papers in many countries and has been involved in numerous research projects, including several at the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz. Email: t.lamb1@westminster.ac.uk

Danila Mayer is a social anthropologist who works for the World of NGOs (Vienna) and is (founding) member of several International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences commissions, including on Anthropology of the Middle East. She has contributed to migration research with various articles about the state of multicultural Austrian society and its discontents and is the author of Park Youth in Vienna (2011). In addition, she has conducted cultural studies of contemporary art, biennials and museums. Email: office@danilamayer.at.

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