Migration – and its social, cultural, political, and economic consequences – represents one of the most significant issues facing Europe today. This conference will draw together scholars from humanities disciplines such as art history; geography; history; literature; modern languages; politics; and cultural studies to offer cross-over perspectives on migration. Participants will explore the centrality of the humanities in widening our understanding of the phenomenon of migration and its challenges, engaging with the work of social scientists and activists.
The overarching aim of the conference is to focus on the human experience of migration, humanitarian concerns and migration narratives centred on the human condition. Speakers will offer insights into historical parallels with the current crisis; systems for managing displaced peoples; the social, economic & cultural contribution of migrants; the gender implications of migration; labour and migrancy; Ireland & migration; processes of ‘othering’ and ghettoisation; discourses of race and ethnic difference; and the challenge of language acquisition for migrants.