Expecting: Our Webcomic Based on Migrant Motherhood

EU Border Care collaborated with ERCcOMICS and Paris-based graphic artist Sandrine Martin to create a ten-episodes comic fictionalising the project’s research findings form the greek field site. This fiction combines creative work based on ethnographic research conducted by EU Border Care Research Associate Dr. Cynthia Malakasis and Sandrine Martin’s own experience of Greek family life and field research in Athens.

Unlike other categories of migrants, undocumented pregnant women are a growing phenomenon, yet few social science or public health studies address EU migrant maternity care. As an exception, EU Border Care, led by Vanessa Grotti, is a comparative study of the politics of maternity care among undocumented migrants on the EU’s peripheries. EUBorderCare also focuses on the empirical analysis of personal and institutional relations of care and control in the context of pregnancy and childbirth in some of Europe’s most densely crossed borderlands in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

Expecting by Sandrine Martin is a delicate and memorable story that involves the reader through many details and data collected by EUBorderCare and while avoiding rhetoric and stereotypes. Expecting is about the parallel paths of Sham and Matina – a migrant refugee from Syria and a Greek midwife working for an NGO, respectively. To create Expecting, the artist Sandrine Martin and the researcher Vanessa Grotti with her team – notably with Cynthia Malakasis – exchanged points of views and impression at length, and also travelled together to a refugee camp in Greece.

Read the comics here !