Explore the diversity of movements of people and the mechanisms that prevent people from moving.
Why do people move? Who gets to move and who is prevented from doing so? What are the cultural, political and economic implications of people on the move? This Pathway explores different types of migrations: voluntary or forced migrations (migrants, displaced persons, refugees, stateless people).
This Pathway will bring together critical theoretical perspectives and case studies from the social sciences, humanities, arts and sciences. We will look at how these perspectives contribute to our understanding of global migrations and personal migration experiences. We will also examine the artistic and literary productions of those on the move and those who are already members of established migrant communities or diasporas.
While students will construct their own animating questions, some possible examples include:
- Could a borderless world exist?
- How is globalization connected to both migrations and immobility?
- How do migrations and racism intersect?
- Are cities becoming the new refugee camps?
- Do natural disasters trigger migrations and displacements?
- Is world history a story of human migrations?
- Is there such a genre as migrant literature?
- Where do art and migration meet?
The Thematic Inquiry course, which meets once a week, provides a balance of introduction to theories of migration, case studies, film screenings and discussions, and online artistic debates. The course will be taught by the Pathway coordinator and will include numerous guest lectures by core Pathway faculty, other Connecticut College faculty and guest experts.
Students will have the opportunity to study abroad, to complete related internships and to work with local partner organizations.
The School for International Training (SIT) offers three study away programs that focus on migration and refugee issues: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities (Mexico), Migration and Transnational Identity (Morocco and the Netherlands), and New African Diasporas: Transnational Communities, Culture and Economies (multi-sited program taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as in Senegal, Italy, and France).
Additionally, the coordinator of the MDI Pathway is currently proposing a SATA Program in French Guiana, where 40 percent of the population is of foreign origin. The University of Guyane opened an English department that would facilitate the inclusion of non-French-speaking students. This SATA program would focus on issues related to migrations as well as environmental questions.
Students will be encouraged to pursue an internship with an NGO or humanitarian organization, like the Red Cross or Amnesty International; refugee camps; immigrant rights organizations; or nonprofit human rights organizations. Students will be prepared to undertake these internships on an ethical level after taking the Thematic Inquiry course.