Displacement & the Pandemic: Transnational Perspectives

1 credit Summer Virtual Seminar

M: 7–9 p.m., W: 7–8 p.m. EDT

In this seminar, we will be reading about the challenges facing displaced and stateless communities around the world, as they contend with outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar introduces students to the field of displacement and forced migration studies. We will take a transnational view by looking at regions and communities in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe, focusing on border-zones such as the Mediterranean, the Schengen countries, Indochina and the South China Sea by examining how the politics of immigration and national security operate to control and regulate movement of people. We will also read about life and everyday politics in camps and informal settlements for refugees and stateless populations, before taking a look at how the pandemic has impacted such communities and the work of aid organizations around the world. The seminar will meet virtually once per week, and students will be asked to select a region of their choice to conduct a mini-research report by gathering current data about a community, camps and/or settlement. Key readings such as Saskia Sassen’s Expulsions, Guy Standing’s The Precariat, and Zygmunt Bauman’s Strangers at Our Door will provide sociological foundations for understanding displacement.

Please follow links below for more information on the seminar.

Class Format and Setup

Virtual Lab Guide and Resources

Weekly Reading List

MySLC Course Site

Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education

Useful Resources