Name: Shannon Damery

Host Institution: CEDEM, University of Liege

Profile: Shannon earned her M.A. in Anthropology through a European partnership program: CREOLE: Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes. She studied at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Vienna, and she conducted research at two sites in Austria: a Caritas refugee integration facility and the Vienna Youth and Family Offices. Her research focused on the agency of young people in sheltered housing and the connections they created with multiple homes, both real and imagined. After receiving her Master’s degree, Shannon returned to the U.S. and worked as the residential director of a nonprofit organization that provides homes and educational support for “at risk youth.” Now, as part of the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at CEDEM, Shannon will continue working with displaced young people. Her PhD research will focus on young immigrants’ integration into Belgian society and their connections to their homelands through art and the creation of sensory environments.


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         Conference Presentations:

  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Third Annual Conference of the INTEGRIM Network. TITLE: How legal status and agency impact young migrants’ plans for the future. DATE AND PLACE: 18-20 November 2015. Koç University, Istanbul, TR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: RC21 of the International Sociological Association – The Ideal City: between myth and reality - Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow’s urban lifeTITLE: Homeless in the House of God? An investigation of Home and Homelessness among Undocumented Migrants Living in a Brussels Church. DATE AND PLACE: 27-29 August 2015. University of Urbino Carlo Bo, IT
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: PREMIG Final Conference – Thinking about going ‘home’: Engaging with scenarios of return migrationTITLE: Unimaginable Returns: Young migrants’ home connections in the face of forced deportation. DATE AND PLACE: 20-21 August 2015. Peace Research Institute Oslo, NO
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: « Migrations et Diversité culturelle » : Séminaire Doctoral Annuel. TITLE: One city, multiple sites, numerous positions: An exploration of positionality in a single city, multi-sited ethnography. DATE AND PLACE: 12-13 May 2015. University of Liège, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference: ‘Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation. TITLE: “Going and Staying Home’: The Reality of Imagined Connections Among Young Migrants in Austria and Belgium”. DATE AND PLACE: 27-29  August 2014. IEUM in Madrid, ES
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: 13th EASA Biennial Conference: Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution – innovation and continuity in an interconnected world. TITLE: “The Reality of Imagined Home Connections”. DATE AND PLACE: 31 July-3 August 2014. Tallinn University, EE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Summer School: Migration and Integration in Urban Contexts. TITLE: “Place’ of Integration”. DATE AND PLACE: 21-25 July 2014. University of Oslo, NO
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Summer School: Cultures, Migration, and Borders. TITLE: “Migrants and Home: Project Overview. Host country reception and its impact on immigrant homemaking”. DATE AND PLACE: 7-18 July 2014. University of the Aegean, GR 
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Child and Youth Migrants: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspective, Student Conference. TITLE: “Young Migratns Making Home”. DATE AND PLACE: 14 June 2014. University College London, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM Scientific Thematic Workshop: WP2-Multicultural Policies in Federated Entities. TITLE: “Going Home.’ The reality of imagined connections among young migrants in Belgium”. DATE AND PLACE: 11 June 2014. University of Liège, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM Scientific Thematic Workshop: WP2 – Citizenship and Political Participation. TITLE: From churches to cafes: The city as a site for the political and domestic life of undocumented migrants. DATE AND PLACE: 11 May 2015. University of Liège, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: International PhD Workshop with Saskia Sassen: Denationalization and Territory. TITLE: “Going Home’: Project methods”. DATE AND PLACE: 7-8 May 2014. Université catholique de Louvain, BE 
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: MACIMIDE PhD/ Postdoc Workshop. TITLE: “Going Home.’ The reality of imagined connections among young migrants in Belgium”. DATE AND PLACE: 4 March 2014. Maastricht University, NL
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM Scientific Thematic Workshop: WP2-Transnational Political Participation and Transnational Citizenship. TITLE: “Going Home.’ The reality of imagined connections: How imagination and cultural production connect diasporic youth to their ‘ancestral homeland”. DATE AND PLACE: 13 September 2013. University of Liège, BE