Refugees & Development

This course focuses on the identity construction processes of refugee communities and asylum-seekers, and places them within the broader political and strategic dynamics typical of the contemporary ‘age of migration’.

Through some of the most recent ethnographic, sociological and sociopolitical works done within the field of refugee studies and international migration, we will attempt to explore together such topics as the existential anxiety and lack of ‘security of the self’ that are an inseparable feature of being a stranger; micro-level processes of identity construction and techniques adopted by refugee communities across the globe to cope with their situation; the closely-knit relations between refugees, development and security; the socio-symbolic and political meanings of border-crossing and territorial passages; and the macro-political and strategic processes affecting refugee communities in an age in which we are all, to a certain extent, strangers.

This course is taught bDr. Orit Gazit-Lederman





See also: Elective, Theory