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Working with refugees an exploration through conversations and drawings.

Ruggerone, Lucia; Altenberger, Iris; Hackett, Charlie


Lucia Ruggerone

Iris Altenberger

Charlie Hackett


Jeffrey Swartz


While the experience of refugees is explored via various avenues, the voices of the workers who support their resettlement are rarely heard. Hence, rather than focusing on the Syrian refugees and their experience of settling in the North East of Scotland, this study considered the people who support them through this often long lasting process. Their voices were captured via an unstructured interview, but also encapsulated within drawings the participants were asked to produce. The drawings allowed the significant expansion of the often cognitively controlled conversations and permitted for emotions and affect to emerge. In some cases the drawings were a summary or an expansion of the narrative, in others a contraction, as the participants appeared to struggle between their professional identity, presented within the interview, and their emotional involvement, clearly visible in their drawings.


RUGGERONE, L., ALTENBERGER, I., HACKETT, C. 2019. Working with refugees an exploration through conversations and drawings. In Swartz, J. (eds.) Proceedings of 2019 Indisciplines: research in arts practice conference, 28-30 November 2019, Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona: University of Barcelona/Campus de les arts [online], pages 242-252. Available from:

Conference Name 2019 Indisciplines: research in arts practice conference
Conference Location Barcelona, Spain
Start Date Nov 28, 2019
End Date Nov 30, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 7, 2020
Pages 242-252
ISBN 9788409215379
Keywords Visual sociology; Drawing; Refugee support; Qualitative; Emotions
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