Migrant Academics’ Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe - cover image


Olga Burlyuk; Ladan Rahbari;

Published On





  • English

Print Length

280 pages (xxxii+248)


Paperback156 x 20 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.79" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")


Paperback401g (14.14oz)
Hardback714g (25.19oz)

OCLC Number





  • JFFN
  • JFSJ
  • MBPK
  • JHBL
  • JFSL1


  • SOC007000
  • SOC032000
  • MED102000
  • EDU014000
  • EDU040000


  • LB1778.4.E85


  • narratives
  • migrant academics
  • autobiography
  • autoethnography
  • mobility
  • precarity
  • resilience
  • care
  • solidarity
  • discrimination
  • exclusion
  • intersectionality
  • gender
  • race

Migrant Academics’ Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe

This volume consists of narratives of migrant academics from the Global South within academia in the Global North. The autobiographic and autoethnographic contributions to this collection aim to decolonise the discourse around academic mobility by highlighting experiences of precarity, resilience, care and solidarity in the academic margins.

The authors use precarity to analyse the state of affairs in the academy, from hiring practices to ‘culturally’ accepted division of labour, systematic forms of discrimination, racialisation, and gendered hierarchies, etc. Building on precarity as a critical concept for challenging social exclusion or forming political collectives, the authors move away from conventional academic styles, instead adopting autobiography and autoethnography as methods of intersectional scholarly analysis. This approach creatively challenges the divisions between the system and the individual, the mind and the soul, the objective and the subjective, as well as science, theory, and art.

This volume will be of interest not only to scholars within the field of migration studies, but also to instructors and students of sociology, postcolonial studies, gender and race studies, and critical border studies. The volume’s interdisciplinary approach also seeks to address university diversity officers, managers, key decision-makers, and other readers directly or indirectly involved in contemporary academia. The format and style of its contributions are wide-ranging (including poetry and creative prose), thus making it accessible and readable for a general audience.


This is an important collection which asks readers to consider the diversity and complexity of individual academic migrants’ experiences as well as consistent themes across their stories which call for scholarly attention. Through their narratives, the authors illustrate the ordinary costs and brutality of borders and visa regimes and how precarity within the academic profession may be heightened for academic migrants positioned at the intersection of categories of difference. While focused on the narratives of precarity and resilience, the book also shares moments of joy, desire, pleasure, and curiosity that academics found in becoming scholars on the move.

James Burford

Department of Education Studies, Warwick University


The argument made in the book is clearly stated: neoliberal policies coupled with Eurocentrism have led to the production of inequalities and made academic conditions particularly precarious for those who, due to the history of colonialism and geopolitical shifts, have been (self) positioned as migrant academics. The volume draws on migrant academics’ narratives to explore the diasporic and multidimensional nature of their precarity. [...] This collection of essays will be of great interest to scholars and students in fields such as education, international migration studies, and public administration. The book can also assist European university administrations and managers in formulating and implementing diversity programmes. Written in an accessible style, this collection of essays on being a migrant academic will furthermore appeal to a broader audience and has the potential to capture the attention of a diverse range of readers within and beyond academia.

Abdul-Aziz Dembélé

Educational Review, 2023. doi:10.1080/00131911.2023.2282122

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(pp. 21–30)
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  • Dragana Stojmenovska

11. Becoming White?

(pp. 105–116)
  • Apostolos Andrikopoulos
  • Alexander Strelkov


(pp. 225–230)
  • Umut Erel


Olga Burlyuk

Assistant Professor of Europe’s external relations at the Department of Political Science at University of Amsterdam

Ladan Rahbari

Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam