An Interdisciplinary Working Group
Migration and displacement are now widely recognized as crucial issues in contemporary political and social life. The Syrian refugee crisis, the Brexit decision fueled by anti-immigration sentiment, as well as Trump’s promise to build a wall on the Mexican border and his recent efforts to prevent Muslims from entering the US — each of these developments underscores human mobility as a central “problem” of our times.
There are many UM faculty and graduate students who research migration, displacement, asylum, and exile, yet there has been no institutional place for them to think collectively about these issues. The Migration & Displacement Interdisciplinary Workshop enables students and faculty from across disciplines and geographic/temporal fields to share concepts, methods, and innovative work regarding the politics of people on the move. This workshop is a space for building common vocabularies and robust theoretical frameworks for studying human mobility, efforts to enable or restrict it, and processes of becoming rooted in new locales.
This Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop is made possible with support from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.