Objectives of HIDDEN

The main aim and objective of the Action is to create a better understanding of ID regimes by integrating personal narratives of those facing ID challenges (migrant or not) into scholarship and public discourses. It draws out the intersection of gendered, racialised and class issues in accessing citizenship documentation, especially in hotspot’ countries at EU borders.

The following specific objectives shall be accomplished

  • HIDDEN will help us to better understand the impact of ID regimes on people’s lives and how the population navigates them.
  • HIDDEN will collect historical and international data on ID and citizenship enabling comparative studies.
  • HIDDEN will harness the expertise of scholars across Europe at various stages of their career to provide answers to the challenge.
  • The Action’s focus will be on making connections between unexplored topics in the realm of ID regimes and citizenship in Europe.
  • National histories will be comparatively interrogated in HIDDEN with a transnational approach to historical issuing of ID from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • The overarching goal of HIDDEN is to investigate identity documentation and citizenship practices across
  • Europe from the beginning of the 20th century to the present to historicize these processes.
Capacity Building
  • To engage policy makers across Europe with academics who research ID systems.
  • To engage important stakeholders in the Action, including individuals with lived experience and advocacy groups for stateless persons, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the Action to advise on and integrate their perspectives in the outputs.
  • Raise awareness of the important ethical issues surrounding IDs and citizenship in society through dissemination and communication activities for both scientific and public audiences.
  • Develop research-to-practice partnerships across Europe and beyond by forging linkages between academics, stakeholders and artists.
  • Attract and train ECIs into research on ID regimes through collaboration with senior researchers, workshops, Training Schools, and Short-Term-Scientific-Missions (STSMs). STSMs will be particularly relevant for enabling scholars’ access to approaches, data, and cutting-edge methods from different disciplines unavailable at their home institutions.
  • Boost career development of women and early career researchers. HIDDEN will lead to further innovative research initiatives, contribute to deepening and broadening knowledge on ID regimes, and foster women’s leadership roles.
  • Establish a vibrant and self-sustaining international community of engaged researchers and key stakeholders (advocacy groups, NGOs and policymakers with expertise in working directly with vulnerable groups prone to difficulties in accessing ID, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees) that will continue to work together even after HIDDEN’s official end.
  • HIDDEN will advise and be advised by stakeholders and will utilize their organisations to access migrants, asylum seekers and refugees so their voices are prominent in various HIDDEN outputs, most important of which is the arts-based output.
  • HIDDEN will form the first large-scale interdisciplinary international network on identification documentation regimes.
  • HIDDEN will facilitate interaction between researchers, artists, and stakeholders (e.g., migrants, international and nongovernmental organisations, states, institutions) across countries, disciplines, and research communities