Call for Video Responses

Help spread the diversity of thoughts and bring perspectives to 500+ young people in the more than 40 countries reached by the Interactive open Online Course ‘Newcomers and Nationalism’!



More than 500 participants are currently taking part in the Interactive Open Online Course ‘Newcomers and Nationalism: Exploring Challenges to Belonging in Diverse Societies‘.  Stimulated by video lectures from expert academics and practitioners, participants of this course are learning how nationality shapes identity and rights, and how to creatively cultivate belonging in our new ‘super-diverse’ societies.

In order to diversify the perspectives that reach participants in this course, we’re seeking academics, practitioners and those from (forced) migration backgrounds (experts of their own experience) to self-record a short, video response to one of the key video lectures from our course. With this, we invite you to complement the main ideas conveyed by adding an update, an experience or a missing angle or narrative.

Click here to browse the video lectures that are open for responses, or see the list below.

For further information and details on how to submit your response, please contact Dr. Sophie Millner:

An example

See here an example of a submitted reaction by our community, in response to the video lecture “Will deals like the one with Turkey reduce migration?” (by Ruben Andersson):


Video lectures to respond to

Diverse and multicultural societies  (videos due Friday 22nd Mar)

In this week we consider different ways to belong and the best practices for cultivating a diverse society.  

Do you need to learn diversity?: Naika Foroutan, Academic (2:37)

Do schools and companies need to learn diversity?: Guelcin Durmus/Berlin Needs You, Practitioner (3:12)

Are Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion at Odds With One Another?: Irene Bloemraad, Academic (3:44)

Immigrants vs. Natives: Does this divide exist?: Naika Foroutan, Academic (3:50)


Challenging the assumptions of migration  (videos due Friday 29th Mar)

Certain ideas about migration are presented as ‘truths’…but are we seeing the whole picture?  

Thoughts on migration policy Alan Manning, LSE (2:55)

What do “open borders” really mean? Chandran Kukathas, LSE (3:05)

Thinking of borders as points of connection Ruben Andersson, Oxford University (2:40)

Will deals like the one with Turkey reduce migration? Ruben Andersson, Oxford University (3:14)

Why is Rye Lane important for the economy? Suzi Hall, LSE (1:33)


Impacts of integration (videos due Friday 5th April)

What policies help someone to integrate successfully? Speakers in this week compare the impact of different political approaches.

European attitudes to asylum-seekers: results from a pan-European experiment (2:07) Dominik Hangartner

Costs of a slow asylum process (1:55) Dominik Hangartner, LSE

How does citizenship affect integration? (3:12) Dominik Hangartner

Is citizenship the crown of integration? (5:59) Irene Bloemraad, Academic


A place to belong (videos due Friday 12th April)

Who belongs in your country and who is excluded from full membership? In this week we unpack the belonging we have to our nation by looking primarily at citizenship. This theme also explores how other identities construct and shape their belonging and place within society.

Defining Nationalism: Voices from the Street (6:04)

Meet diversity and migration researcher, Nando Sigona & How are nationality, citizenship and immigration connected? (6:48) Dr Nando Sigona

Meet political scientist, Anna Triandafyllidou & Does national belonging (still) matter? (2:07) Dr Anna Triandafyllidou


Nationalism and the role of the ‘Other’ (videos due Friday 19th April)

How significant is the idea of the ‘other’ for reinforcing national identity? Here we consider ‘other’ as an internal minority and as a group external to a nation’s borders.

How do we use Others to shape our own national identities? (6:33) Dr Anna Triandafyllidou

Where do Roma belong in European societies? (8:09) Dr Nando Sigona


Global and local identities  (videos due Friday 26th April)

Fast flows of information, ideas, money and goods have made the world open and more connected.

At the same time, there are growing trends to strengthen national and local identities. Where will these forces lead us?

What does nationalism look like in today’s global world? (4:09) Dr Anna Triandafyllidou

How is independence in Catalonia related to nationalism? Voices from Barcelona (7:14)

What is a city without migration? (4:09) Dr Anna Triandafyllidou


Future outlook  (videos due Friday 3rd May)

In our closing week we turn the platform over to you. What ideas do you have for cultivating belonging in the context of increasing newcomers and nationalism?

How is (super)diversity changing how we belong?  (6:06) Dr Nando Sigona

What will nationalism look like in a future Europe? (6:03) Dr Nando Sigona & Dr Anna Triandafyllidou

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

‘Newcomers and Nationalism’ is an Interactive Open Online Course part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project and as such produced under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the Union’s budget. The opinions expressed are those of the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, our partners and participants only and do not represent the European Commission’s official position.

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