This project seminar is on how migration processes affect intergenerational and interrelational ties in European countries with a specific focus on politics of belonging in Western Europe. Research in sociology and political science has hardly captured how second (or even later) generation migrants with origins in European or non-European countries shape the Europeanization process. Drawing on the migratory processes, we will learn and discuss the theories and practices of intergenerational relationships and what role migration plays in constructing interrelations between migrants, minorities (for example between Turkish immigrants and Jewish community) and majorities in the light of the Europeanization process.
Students’ empirical research projects may range from micro-level everyday life practices to macro-level national or European politics of belonging. The core of this course will be to comparatively assess how migrants reflect, shape, and transform Europe’s boundaries along the lines of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and different generational stages of migration. This can, for instance, relate to how second generation migrant public or political actors engage in certain political events that concern Europe or their parents' countries of origin.
For this class, it is advisable to have background knowledge on subjects on migration, citizenship and belonging. Existing theories will be assessed and discussed. Students are required to conduct their empirical research, participate in class discussions concerning practical issues related to their research, and present their research progress on a regular basis.
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