Global Migration Studies in Rome
- This course foucses on current developments in European politices with respect to regular and illegal immigration, and especially on what is called the "borderization" of the Mediterranean.
- A series of experiential learning opportunities, including workshops with filmmakers, journalists, activists and leaders of non-governmental organizations as well as site visits to neighborhood initiatives, housing projects, local cooperatives, and museums will guide students as they explore the ethical implications that migration entails.
- 3 Hour survival Italian course
The Mediterranean basin has always been a space for human mobility and cultural exchange. In recent years, several Mediterranean counties (such as Italy, Spain and Greece) have become the initial (and sometimes final) goal for large numbers of migrants and asylum-seekers attempting to enter the EU. Transnational migration is a complex phenomenon that generates controversial social and political issues. Through coursework, site visits, and interactions with non-governmental organizations, activists and immigrants, students will explore the political and sociological consequences of global migration on domestic policies in Italy, such as racism and anti-immigration practices. Students will also see the positive results of effective measures to foster multiculturalism and integration.
Understanding the European Migrant Crisis (HUM 300) can be used to fulfill KU Core 5.2 (pending approval)
After briefly discussing the history and the geography of human mobility across the Mediterranean, a space often represented as a “bridge” connecting people and cultures, we will focus on the current developments in European policies with respect to regular and illegal immigration, and especially on what is called the “borderization” of the Mediterranean. Concepts as “fortress Europe” and “shelter Europe” (and their implications) will be discussed. The main part of the course will explore the political and sociological consequences of global migration on domestic politics in Italy, focusing on issues such as racism, anti-immigration parties, and successful ways to deal with diversity.
A series of experiential learning opportunities, including workshops with filmmakers, journalists, activists and leaders of non-governmental organizations as well as site visits to neighborhood initiatives, housing projects, local cooperatives, and museums will guide students as they explore the ethical implications that migration entails. Students will also take part in a three hour survival Italian course.
Students will be responsible for writing two short response papers during the course. A final project will be due one week after the program ends.
Student accommodations are double/triple occupancy rooms in a shared student residence.
- Welcome meal upon arrival
- Overnight excursion to Naples, including a visit with Libera Terra. Students will meet with a member of Libera Terra’s Campania regional operations team and also visit a cooperative where one of their local partners uses confiscated mafia lands to provide shelter, job training and support to migrant communities.
- One-day excursion to MAAM, Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz, a residential community of migrants in an old salami factory with an alternative art museum.
- Screening and discussion with filmmaker Dagmawi Yimer whose documentary, Come un uomo sulla terra, was nominated for the David di Donatello Award for Best Documentary in 2009 and features the voices of Ethiopian refugees living in Rome, recounting their personal stories and highlighting the role of Libya in controlling the flow of African immigrants attempting the journey to Europe.
- Workshop with a representative from ANVCG, Rome-based NGO whose work and research centers on victims of civil conflict.
- On-site lecture in the Esquilino neighborhood with Lorenzo Rinelli, Ph.D., uncovering street art, neighborhood associations, businesses, and other local ‘landmarks’ that distinguish the area as the only true transethnic space in Rome.
- One free weekend for students to travel independently.
Open to all undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).
Margot Versteeg, Director of the Humanities Program
308 Bailey Hall