EPIIC 2018-19: Migration in a Turbulent World • EXP 0079XF

by heatherbarry
Apr 03

Fall 2018/Spring 2019 • Tuesdays, Thursdays • 3:00-5:00pm

The 2018-2019 EPIIC Colloquium will critically examine the multidimensional aspects of migration. Migration has become a worldwide phenomenon and its importance today is clear.  Concerns with the demographic, economic, social, security, legal and political consequences of international migration have also increased.  Discussions on issues such as national security, xenophobia, racial discrimination, social integration, unemployment, brain-drain and brain-gain, human trafficking, and asylum claims have led to a reexamination of international migration policies and the potential benefits and disadvantages to sending and receiving countries. Some states are questioning whether migration can bring benefits and opportunities to all parties – migrants, states of origin, states of transit and receiving states.  With the attention now paid to counter-terrorism and violent extremism, cooperative efforts to address national security concerns posed by the movement of people has become a pressing issue for both receiving countries and countries of origin.  And while migration has long been a sensitive matter of national sovereignty, it now encompasses regional and global dimensions.  

Part I addresses theories of migration and reviews historical patterns of migration in both sending and receiving countries.  Part II examines the causes and drivers of forced migration.  Part III explores the impact of migration on countries of origin, countries of destination, and on migrants themselves.  Part IV considers state responses to migration, including the links with securitization and border controls.  Part V focuses on particular groups and identities within migrant populations that have historically been neglected such as gender and children.  Part VI explores the nature and dynamics of migration in different regions.  Part VII considers the need for international cooperation on the question of migration.  Migration is ultimately both a “problem without a passport” and a “solution without a passport.”

Colloquium Lecturers and Advisers
The EPIIC Colloquium brings a broad range of speakers to class.  Some of the Tufts faculty who will be invited to participate in this year’s course include:
Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor of Political Economy, The Fletcher School of Law  and Diplomacy • Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations Program • Anna Hardman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics • Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Professor in International Migration, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy • Roxanne Krystalli, Humanitarian Evidence Program Manager, Feinstein International Center • Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy • Kim Wilson, Lecturer in International Business and Human Security, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

EPIIC is a yearlong course worth three credit hours per semester.  “Migration in a Turbulent World” has been approved by the International Relations Faculty Board as a social science requirement for students in the Globalization concentration.  Students will receive IR credit for EPIIC for the Fall 2018 semester. Students can also receive credit for EPIIC as part of the Peace and Justice Studies Minor.