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Amendments and frames: The Women Making History movement and Malmö migration history

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This article explores existing and emerging frames of writing history involving a push for new modes of telling and writing history/histories. This, from the point of view of a recent movement, in short named Women Making History, launched in Malmö, Sweden in 2013 aiming to cover a 100-year period, from when immigration began until the present day. The movement ‐ engaged in activism and archival work and research around the lives and work of women immigrants in the city ‐ took off in 2013 with support from authors engaged in a Living Archives 1 research project, and formally ended, though some activity continues, with a book publication in 2016. In collaboration with the movement Feminist Dialogue Malmö University researchers (mainly the two authors and students) have been documenting activities and workshops over three years, revealing the voicing of ambivalent identities that wish to maintain a plurality and openness of identifications and directions. These voices do not want to be framed as ‘outsiders’, ‘homogenized others’ or ‘victimized strangers’, and struggle with a feeling of being amended to a more homogenous national history ‐ an ambiguous predicament which is investigated in this article through diverse ways of trying to understand how belonging is developed in the notions of multidirectionality, multi-logues, amendments and re/framing.
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Keywords: ethnography; gender; history; identity; immigration; public memory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000099199582 Gothenburg University 2: 0000000099619487 Malmö University

Publication date: October 1, 2018

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  • The course of cultures at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant. This journal will advance the study of the plethora of cultural texts on migration produced by an increasing number of cultural practitioners across the globe who tackle questions of culture in the context of migration. They do this in a variety of ways and through a variety of media. To name but a few relevant aspects of this juncture of migration and culture, questions of dislocation, travel, borders, diasporic identities, transnational contacts and cultures, cultural memory, the transmission of identity across generations, questions of hybridity and cultural difference, the material and oral histories of migration and the role of new technologies in bridging cultures and fostering cultural cross-pollination will all be relevant. Methodologies of research will include both the study of 'texts' and fieldwork.
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