Netherlands, Amsterdam

Migration in the margins of Europe

when 18 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 300

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.

Target group

The course is available to MA and first year PhD students with a relevant background
(e.g. in anthropology, sociology, migration studies, political science).

Course aim

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 in general. Undoubtedly the East Mediterranean became one of the entry “gates” of Europe as its geographical position is at the margins, at the crossroads of Asia and Africa in the south of the Mediterranean sea, and includes the large Aegean basin with thousands of islets and islands that serve as mobility networks.

Within a few decades the social life in the wider 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. Therefore 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 with all other Europeans the management and social policy of the new flows. The course will be supplemented with a small field research in the centre of Athens and students will be able to contribute to our migration project by recording and
illustrating life experiences of refugees and other immigrants.

Fee info

EUR 300: for European Union Students including accommodation
EUR 200: for Greek or other EU students who will not need accommodation


Fee waiver: The Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies offers to selected students who are not able to pay the full fees of the course limited fee waivers up to 200€.

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