Topography: Refugee 'Crisis'
Taught By: Everita Silina
Migration studio: Topography of the refugee "crisis" focuses on the phenomenon of migration along the Balkan route. It traces the physical, political, legal, social and human terrain of the refugee "crisis" unfolding along one of the main historic migration paths. We take the current refugee situation in this corridor as our departure point. As we shift our gaze from the Turkish Aegean coast, from one island "hot spot" to another, across Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia, we engage with histories of empires and their collapse, ancient and more recent migration flows, and the cultural sediment they have left behind. Student research agendas, internships and media projects are arranged along several thematic axes connected to broader topics of migration, refugee issues and policies; EU and regional politics; identity relationships, the conversations and the conflicts they spark and the actors that claim them; the built environment, camps, and spaces of confinement and the paths and actors of mobility; the institutional and legal frameworks and the discourses and representations of the "crisis" that have come to define it. The central aim of the fall studio is to help students build on their summer research and field experiences and produce individual studies on the topic of migration. The studio will provide each student with a space and context to process their field experiences and analyze their data in close collaboration and with the assistance of the faculty chair, fellow students and invited guest speakers. By helping students analyze their empirical data the studio aims to foster a collaborative environment in which students can reflect and advance their theoretical perspectives, engage with each other in critical analysis of broader social, political and economic contexts, and craft thoughtful responses to challenges raised by the relevant literatures. By presenting the account of the progress of their work to their peers and faculty, the studio will advance student presentation skills and framing of their arguments for professional audiences such as academic conferences.
College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)
Department: International Affairs (NINT)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Studio (S)
Max Enrollment: 15
Enrollment Status: Open*
*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:00am 7/22/2019