A non-refundable programme fee, in addition to the tuition fee, is applicable. The programme fee, which includes the social programme, is to be paid within one week after registration at the latest, along with the tuition fee.
This course is designed for all students who have a personal, professional or political interest in a deeper and thus more differentiated understanding of transnational migration.
Please visit our website (www.fubis.org) for any organisational changes that might affect the course programme.
Please also visit the FUBiS *free* digital lecture series which offers a broad overview of the programme's academic course offerings: http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/index.html!
About this course
In the last decade, the EU has experienced unprecedented migration movements. EU’s response has been shaped by distinguishing between "deserving refugees" and "undeserving economic migrants" and has oscillated between humanitarian and securitarian approaches. Whereas the recent developments on the EU borders, such as pushbacks and the containment of migrants in the hotspots, signalise the abandonment of the humanitarian approach, the quick and less bureaucratic protection of Ukrainian refugees demonstrates more of a selective humanitarian approach. However, this approach appears to be fragile, as the welcoming discourse on refugees from the Ukraine is breaking down with the energy crisis.
This form of differential inclusion shaping the migration and asylum policies is the governmental product of an ongoing process of conflict, negotiation, subordination, resistance, and solidarity on the "external" and "internal" borders of what is referred to as Europe or as Europe as a borderland (Balibar 2009). There are different actors with unequal power relations involved in this process. Departing from critical migration theories, we will focus on the subjectivity of migrants and refugees on different levels by breaking their usual representation as victims/villains from a state-centred or market-centred perspective.
Starting from a critical overview of EU-level migration and border management policies, we will challenge the metaphor of Fortress Europe. Scaling down, we will learn about the recent changes in the migration/integration policies in Germany and how these are implemented by the local authorities in Berlin and challenged by civil society actors. Analysing the volatility of the recent public discourse on migration, we will focus on anti-Muslim racism, femonationalism/homonationalism, right-wing populism, and their intersection. Finally, we will examine the transformation of migrant labour and learn about the history of migrant struggles by focusing on the recent refugee movement, which has been described as the movement of the 21st century (Davis 2015). Through a diverse combination of assigned articles, class discussions, and field trips, we will encounter viewpoints on the conflicts, compromises, resistances, solidarity, and social transformation concerning the recent migration movements to Europe.