Migrations in the Margins of Europe

The Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam, together with the Free University Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute in Athens, organize an intensive winter course in collaboration with Greek universities and NGOs.

A study of migration in Greece

The collapse of the eastern Block at the beginning of the 1990s and the larger socioeconomic transformations in Africa and Asia resulted in massive migration flows to Greece and Europe. Undoubtedly the East Mediterranean became one of the entry “gates” of Europe as its geographical position is at the margins and includes the large Aegean basin with thousands and islands that serve as mobility networks.
Within a few decades the social life in the region transformed with a large proportion of the population being immigrants who are living in the countryside or in various neighbourhoods of the capital city of Athens. In these contexts migrants are trying tactically to make their lives despite the high unemployment rate, the stigmatization and the marginalization they encounter. A major part of our seminar will focus on how immigrants experience such new conditions and how they adapt or adopt in the new cultural contexts.

More recently the flows of refugees have been intensified as a result of the wider political changes in the middle East, Asia and Africa while Europe is facing
one of the most challenging periods of its contemporary history. As the idea of fortress Europe is becoming reinforced, “the entry points” in Greece have to share disproportionally.

Course structure and fieldwork

From January 18 until January 31, 2017 the seminars will run daily, at the NIA in Athens. The courses will combine field research in specific neighbourhoods of Athens and in selected NGO’s. The seminar will focus on a general theoretical context in relation to migration, anthropological theory, contemporary approaches to field research in an urban setting and an overview of the current situation in Greece. Most days there are going to be one to two intensive sessions of three hours each. In the sessions the lecturers give an overview of the theory of social anthropology in relation to migration with particular reference to key debates and a clear focus on migration in Greece and Europe/Mediterranean. In the late afternoon/evenings students will be able to conduct their small field research. 

How to apply

The course takes place from 18 to 31 January 2017 in Athens.

Download the application form, fill it in and return it by email as instructed on the form.

For additional details about the programme, download the flyer below.

Costs and subsidies

Seminar fee:
-300€ for European Union Students
-200€ for Greek or other EU students who will not need accommodation
-400€ for Overseas students

Fee waiver: the Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies offers students a fee waiver up to 200€. Applicants should contact Prof. Barak Kalir (B.Kalir@uva.nl) for approval of their fee waiver. 

5 ECTS, 2 weeks
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