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Research project

Make yourself at home

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Arts & Humanities Research Council
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Project overview

MY-HOME is an intergenerational public engagement project that tracks the initial reception and legacy of the BBC’s first television and radio program aimed at new migrants from South Asia called ‘Make yourself at Home’. Through a case study of the community experience of this show among the South Asian community in Southampton we will explore how this show and others that followed it (‘Nayi Zindagi Naya Jeevan’ and ‘Gharbar’) contributed to the construction of South Asian diasporic identity in the UK. The project is co-designed with the BBC to mark the centenary year of the corporation and outputs from the project will add to the corporation’s collection of 100 Voices and the ‘Story of US’. Through a programme of oral history interviews, participant driven workshops and a public exhibition with the John Hansard Gallery which will be co-created with our audience of first, second and third generation South Asians—the project will illustrate the long-term history of BBC’s role in making immigrants at home in the city of Southampton.


Lead researcher

Doctor Pritipuspa Mishra

Associate Professor

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Other researchers

Doctor Ajit Nayak

Associate Professor in Strat&Enterprise

Research interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation and Dynamic Capabilities

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Doctor Bindi Shah PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • A key question that Bindi is interested in asking is: What shapes citizenship and a sense of belonging to the nation amongst immigrants and established ethnic minority communities?
  • Bindi is also interested in exploring the role of social capital for developing interdisciplinary solutions to climate crisis and biodiversity loss for marginalised communities.

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