University of Gothenburg’s (GU) Centre on Global Migration (CGM), a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, decision makers and external actors, promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Since 2018, CGM’s Postdoctoral Fellow/artist Dr Tintin Wulia’s participatory art project “Make Your Own Passport” (2014-) – workshop series in public spaces providing access to lifelong learning on citizenship – has been forging CGM’s collaborative network.
Network member Dr Sally Windsor, Course Leader of GU’s MA in Education for Sustainable Development and the program’s council member with special responsibility for questions of citizenship and social sustainability, focuses on how “Make Your Own Passport” (MYOP) can build capacity of educators and transform learning environments. Catherine Gillo Nilsson, Coordinator of GU’s widening access and participation in higher education program, leads the participation of GU student facilitators in connection with the university's Student Ambassadors program, and works to incorporate MYOP workshops in other collaborations.
MYOP’s network in Västra Götaland County comprises individual researchers and facilitators including people currently seeking asylum, the self-organised new migrant organisation Support Group Network with its Vänersborg Intercultural Centre, youths and teachers in Schillerska gymnasiet, the art institution Vänersborg Konsthall working with Birgersjöberg gymnasiet, and GU’s widening participation program. Network members representing these organisations – Catherine Gillo Nilsson, Lisa Palm, Bilal Allmobarak, Märta Cassel, Sally Windsor, Kajsa Frostensson, and Inam Alghoul – are continually accelerating action on a local level with CGM.
MYOP’s topic is migration, citizenship and statelessness. Its methodology is material and participatory. It actively engages participants in an intimate discussion via a tangible process with an iconic object of the border: the passport. Participants spend time, create and make while exchanging thoughts, with material output to be taken home. An MYOP participant in Southside Chicago, IL in the wake of Trump’s election in 2016, explained the unique learning opportunity: “Talking about our views of the world drew each of us, all very different people, together organically.”