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):

  1. The Penguin Book of Migration Literature (2019) ed. by Dohra Ahmad
  2. Regarding the Pain of Others (2003) by Susan Sontag

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

June 11 – Migration Studies: Discipline and Literature


June 18 – The Migrant Crises in America before 1950


June 25– The Migrant Crises in America since 1950 


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


July 9 – Migration Literature, Part 1


July 16 – Migration Literature, Part 2 


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