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.
The Thematic Inquiry course, which meets twice a week, provides a balance of introduction to theories of migration, case studies, film screenings and discussions, and online artistic debates. The course 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)
- 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.
Connecticut College also partners with Start Fresh in New London, an organization that focuses on refugee resettlement. The Office of Community Partnerships and the Refugee Relief and Education Committee (RREC) regularly work with Start Fresh, and RREC is in the process of establishing a directory of immigrant cultural and social organizations in New London and connecting them with Start Fresh and our student body. RREC also works with the Paper Airplanes organization to connect Connecticut College students with refugee students all over the world.