Sixty million people today are marked as refugees or are internally displaced within their own countries. If they made up a country, it would be the 24th largest in the world. What is driving this migration of people, the largest since World War II? The British-Somali poet Warshan Shire writes:
No one leaves home unless/ home is the mouth of a shark/ you only run for the border/ when you see the whole city running as well [...] I want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark/ home is the barrel of the gun/ and no one would leave home/ unless home chased you to the shore
This seminar will examine why people are fleeing their homes; the networks of smuggling and traffic that have developed around the Mediterranean; the international refugee regime; refugee rights; and the various laws that countries and the European Union have developed to manage refugees and migrants. Greece, among other European nations, has been very visible as a site of this activity, although far larger numbers of migrants and refugees seek safety outside of Europe with far less attention from the media and international actors.
We will consider the choices refugees and migrants must make, the difficulties they face, the losses they suffer, and the achievements that come to define them. Most importantly, we will learn from the artistic, cultural, and non-fiction works of refugees themselves.
While no background or field specialization is required, this course will appeal most to historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and area studies professors. We also will share strategies about teaching the subject of refugees and migrants in the college classroom, drawing partially upon Rochelle and Grace Benton's project "Teaching about Forced Displacement," which generated a number of transferrable classroom activities.
See here for more information: https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/rochelledavis/refugee-video-project/
- Smuggling and Trafficking
- Human Rights and Refugee Rights
- Refugees as Aliens and Foreign Bodies
- Artwork and Cultural Productions