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Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN)


Who are we?

The Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) is an interdisciplinary hub connecting Students, Early Career Researchers, Senior Academics and relevant Non-Academic Stakeholders via the Monash-Warwick Alliance.

MITN Photography Competition 2019 WINNERS

Many thanks for all your submissions. After long deliberations we are pleased to reveal our winners.

In first place Alanah Mitchell with her image 'Multilingualism'

Alanah wrote, 'A cochlear implant works through directly stimulating the auditory nerve circumventing any damaged part of the ear and thereby allowing the wearer to detect sound.
Designing this piece of artwork myself, I used the image of a cochlear implant as a visual metaphor for multilingualism. The cochlear implant decorated with flags from across the world and the transmitter illustrated as a globe suggests that having a greater knowledge of other
languages and cultures can help circumvent potential stereotypes or stigmas people hold of different places, allowing the wearer to transcend these negative ideologies and become a ‘multilingual’. I also hoped to acknowledge the multilingualism found in signed languages and in
the deaf community through creating a piece that was heavily influenced by the medical device used by many who have profound hearing loss.'

In second place with his image 'Multilingual, Multicultural, Multicoloured' Thomas Worlledge

Tom, wrote: 'The image shows colours from Skittles seeping together and mixing on a blank canvas (plate). Each colour represents a different language and culture. The image shows that being multilingual gives one a greater understanding and acceptance for other languages and cultures. The colours seep and mix together representing how there are not distinct borders between languages, particularly for multilinguals who can switch seamlessly between languages in the midst of interactions.'

And in third place Michelle Leeming and her photo 'Catalyst'

Michelle wrote, 'Deep within the black heart of the oil lies a rainbow of beauty, we just need to add a catalyst to see the change. Thus in parts of the world that are grey with the dirt of war, famine, disease, we delve beneath, we add a catalyst of understanding, and see that the grey it is made up of beautiful, multilinguistic and cultural practices that enrich our world and our lives.'

Term 1 2020 event details coming soon...

What do we do?

  • We explore issues relating to migration, identity, and translation from a variety of literary, cultural, linguistic, sociological, and historical perspectives
  • We seek to bring that expertise into developing world-leading research and teaching and learning projects
  • We work closely with partners throughout both universities, ranging from individual researchers and students through to other research networks and centres
  • We actively involve non-academic stakeholders, trying to break down the barriers between academics, practitioners and policy makers
  • We aim to establish and support new research and pedagogical practices which develop the Network’s thematic areas from interdisciplinary and international perspectives



Join Us

If you are interested in joining, or are interested in our events or activities, please contact the MITN team via or fill in this form or use the QR code found here. The form will put you directly onto the mailing list held by Monash. If you would like to get in touch with a Warwick based student rep or project officer to chat please email us.

Click on Research in the header above to see more information on past and present research topics.

Scroll down to see what some of our members/alumni say about being part of MITN!

What our members say...

Polina Mesinioti

Polina Mesinioti

PGR Student Representative

Getting involved with MITN has provided me the opportunity to do research in areas other than my PhD, contribute to the organisation of multidisciplinary events and meet distinguished academics in a safe and friendly environment. As a MITN project officer, I had the chance to develop my leadership, organisation and communication skills and gain confidence and it was an experience that definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone! Through MITN, I had the luck to connect with young and senior researchers from all over the world, with whom we share common research interests. Being part of this dynamic network has been an invaluable learning experience for me and provided me with strong academic and social skills!


Ayten Alibaba

Former research cluster coordinator of the Space, Place and the City cluster

MITN network provides a great platform for students to get together, explore and exchange their ideas in an academic level. MITN also brings like-minded people from various disciplines and creates the opportunity for them to work together on the topics of common research interests. As one of the research cluster coordinators, I had the chance to cooperate, organise and lead intellectual discussions with the network members. The cluster meetings were participated by both Warwick and Monash University students. This experience was very rewarding, at the same time technically challenging as it brought two distant geographies and times together. Through MITN, I managed to acquire skills that are beneficial for my academic development.

Helena Wall

Helena Wall

Project Officer, PGR Student Representative and research cluster coordinator of the Space, Place and the City cluster

My role at MITN involves organising and promoting network activities and representing the desires and interests of the network's student members at Warwick. Because of its interdisciplinarity and breadth of focus, MITN provides an opportunity to engage in activities and connect with people outside your usual sphere, both within and beyond academia. At this formative stage in my life, it is of great significance to me that I learn more about how I could apply my skills and knowledge going forwards. MITN has provided a quick window into a raft of activities and research areas through which I can identify potential future avenues for myself.


Dr Christina Efthymiadou

Research cluster coordinator of the Identity and Workplace Communication cluster and former PGR Student Representative

My journey in MITN has been extremely rewarding. Overcoming difficulties, receiving positive feedback from colleagues, meeting them in the various events and establishing a relationship with them has been very self-fulfilling. Apart from the events we do online, I have been able to meet in person some of the network members from other universities in various events. They have travelled to the UK and I have travelled abroad to join them in some of our events too. I was then able to meet them personally, I visited their institutions and learned how they do things there. I have kept in touch with some of those people and have also met them outside MITN events. Being part of such a flexible network gives you invaluable experience in an academic world that becomes more and more competitive and demanding, it helps you build up your network and develop your professional identity as a young researcher.

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