Migration & Citizenship: History, Theory & Literature

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Summer 2. 2021

Course Title: “Introduction to Critical Theory”
Duration: Six Weeks
Course: Summer 2 of 2021
Dates: June 11-July 16, 2021
Time: Fridays 3:00pm-4:45pm

Course Description:
The contemporary world has seen more changes in status of citizenship, nationality, legal personhood, and migration than ever before. It is, therefore, important that we discuss how these changes impact our lives and the lives of others with whom we share this world. This course will center around arguments of citizenshipmigration, and incarceration. We will read different accounts of experience, theory, and law surrounding these themes in order first to have a better and more holistic understanding of the issues of our present day and second to deconstruct the arguments and evidence each of the readings put forward so that we can understand how to make compelling arguments of our own. No previous knowledge is required for enjoyment of this course.

Suggested purchases (in order of importance); Please note #2 is a PDF linked to another website and #3 and #4 are PDFs linked to this website, so purchase only necessary if student wishes to have physical copies:

  1. The Penguin Book of Migration Literature (2019) ed. by Dohra Ahmad
  2. Regarding the Pain of Others (2003) by Susan Sontag
  3. Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines – 3rd Edition (2014) ed. by Caroline B. Brettell and James F. Hollifield
  4. The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (2014) ed by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando Sigona

Schedule (readings are meant to be done before the class during which they will be discussed)

June 11 – Migration Studies: Discipline and Literature

Slides: Click Here

Reading:

  • Introduction from Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (3rd Edition) by Caroline B. Brettell and James F. Hollifield
  • Introduction from The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando Sigona
  • “Birth of a ‘Discipline’: From Refugee to Forced Migration Studies” by B.S. Chimni in the Journal of Refugee Studies vol. 22, no. 1 (2009)

June 18 – The Migrant Crises in America before 1950

June 25– The Migrant Crises in America since 1950 

Slides: Click Here

Reading:

July 2 – Policing the Crises: Militarization of Borders, Incarceration of Migrants, and the Wealth Behind It All

July 9 – Migration Literature, Part 1

*No slides this week/ Class was discussion*

Reading:

The Penguin Book of Migration Literature, pp. 3-40, 51-67, 105-106

  • Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
  • M. Norbeße Philip, “Zong! #5”
  • Julie Otsuka, “Come, Japanese!”
  • Francisco Jiménez, “Under the Wire”
  • Edwidge Danticat, “Children of the Sea”
  • Phillis Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America”
  • Claude McKay, “The Tropics of New York”

July 16 – Migration Literature, Part 2 

Slides: Click Here

Reading:

The Penguin Book of Migration Literature, pp. 90-101, 147-152, 229-239, 161-167

  • Salman Rushdie, “Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies”
  • Warsan Shire, “Conversations About Home (at the Deportation Centre)”
  • Dunya Mikhail, “Another Planet”
  • Marjane Satrapi, from Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
  • Zadie Smith, from White Teeth
  • Tato Laviera, “AmeRícan”
  • Deepak Unnikrishnan, from Temporary People

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