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New research maps the music of migration

​​A new two-year pan-European research project led by the University of Gloucestershire will look at the music migrants inherit and how storytelling through songs can change the negative stereotypes often associated with migrants. 

Dr Abigail Gardner, Reader in Music and Media at the University of Gloucestershire, is leading the research in collaboration with partners in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Norway and Spain. The aim of this work, funded by Erasmus, is to increase communities understanding of the histories and emotional past of migrants that are so often unheard. 
An interactive music map will be created as an easy to use app and will allow people to follow the route taken by each migrant’s story and listen to the music they have inherited, creating a series of audio case studies. The project titled MaMuMi hopes to give migrants a space where they can use music to tell their stories and improve their self confidence in a new environment. It also provides staff working in NGO’s with a tool they can use in workshops to gain deeper understanding of the people they work with.
Dr Abigail Gardner, Reader in Music and Media at The University of Gloucestershire said:
“Songs are very important to us. Songs and music stay with us. This international project with universities and charities working in arts and integration, talks to people who have had to migrate, recently or a long time back. We are so excited about archiving these stories and putting them on an app.”