The afterlife of research: reflections on co-dissemination methods in an anti-deportation struggle

Lior Birger, Shahar Shoham, Tesfalem (Saimon) Fisaha

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In this reflective chapter, two Israeli researchers and an Eritrean refugee activist present methodological issues concerning the co-dissemination of research findings conducted as part of an anti-deportation campaign. In 2018, the Israeli government initiated a deportation plan aimed at deporting Eritrean and Sudanese refugees to Rwanda. At the same time, we were conducting research exploring the journeys of Eritrean refugees who ‘voluntarily’ departed from Israel to Rwanda. The deportees were pressured to embark on life-threatening journeys, eventually gaining protection in Europe. Once published, our research was disseminated as part of an anti-deportation civil-society campaign. We discuss the dilemmas surrounding the visibility of engaging in public and media campaigns. We also suggest that the co-dissemination phase is one where new dynamics can be created around the power-knowledge (production) relations in deportation studies. Finally, we examine the ‘afterlife’ of research, meaning the renewed interest in the research and the re-emergence of our collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch methods in deportation
Subtitle of host publicationthe power-knowledge approach
EditorsAgnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781035313112
ISBN (Print)9781035313105
StatePublished - 19 Mar 2024


  • srael
  • Refugees
  • Collaborative research
  • Public engagement
  • Knowledge production
  • Public and media co-dissemination (PMC)


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