Explore the diversity of movements of people and the mechanisms that prevent people from moving.

Why do people move? Who gets to move and who is prevented from doing so? What are the cultural, political and economic implications of people on the move? This Pathway explores different types of migrations: voluntary or forced migrations (migrants, displaced persons, refugees, stateless people).

This Pathway will bring together critical theoretical perspectives and case studies from the social sciences, humanities, arts and sciences. We will look at how these perspectives contribute to our understanding of global migrations and personal migration experiences. We will also examine the artistic and literary productions of those on the move and those who are already members of established migrant communities or diasporas.

While students construct their own animating questions, some possible examples include:

  • Could a borderless world exist?
  • How do migrations and racism intersect?
  • Are cities becoming the new refugee camps?
  • Do natural disasters trigger migrations and displacements?
  • Is world history a story of human migrations?
  • Is there such a genre as migrant literature?
  • Where do art and migration meet?