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MIGRATION AND MOBILITY

Program

Updated A.Y. 2018-2019

Course Description
This course offers the students theoretical and practical tools to understand and analyze the current phenomenon of international migration from a multilateral perspective, that is to say from a European (especially Italian) and African point of view.
International migration from Africa towards Europe represent today a crucial issue for the production of new discourses on global/local governance of the fluxes, but is also perceived as a generic ‘threat’, giving rise to the production of stereotypes and the constant resorting to the security issue. Italy has became a central node of migration experience especially in the last decade, shifting from being a country of sole transit and thus becoming a place of settling.
The course will address the current paradigm of ‘forced’ and ‘voluntary’ migration in a critical way, by analyzing the European Agenda towards migration, the Italian practices and policies, and the current condition of migrants/refugees/asylum seekers in Italy.
The aim of the course is to encourage a balanced approach to the issues of mobility and migration in Europe and Africa by operating critical reviews of dominant analytical paradigms by stressing the need to pay attention to the longue-durée in order to explain both structural (socio-political and economic contexts, State restructuring) and contingent processes (for example the current European Agenda towards migration, the diverse governance paradigms, the effects towards fluxes). At the same time, great attention will be granted to contemporary readings and critical analysis on the phenomenon, by addressing new dynamics and the production of current feasible solutions by different actors (EU, local NGOs and voluntary organization, the Municipality of Rome, migrants associations).

Teaching Method
The course is interdisciplinary, drawing on perspectives from anthropology, geography, sociology, political science and history, but also juridical studies and practices. Great attention will be given to the analysis of different context of arrival (Europe and Italy) and of origin (Africa).
The course consists of 10 topics, two meetings will be dedicated to each topic. Students are required to regularly follow the lessons and read the materials concerning every topic. Part of every meeting will be dedicated to in-class discussions.
On-site tours to reception centers for asylum seekers in Rome (CAS, SPRAR, integration program) are considered to be integral part of the course.

 

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