Deadline: Migration Field Study, Mexico City January 9-16, 2011Deadline: Migration Field Study, Mexico City January 9-16, 2011http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/1597112010-11-172010-11-17
The Migration Field Study, a partnership between the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and Casa de los Amigos, exposes participants to the wide ranging dynamics of migration in Mexico.
Mexico is one of the pivotal global crossroads and the quintessential border between the global north and south. It is also is the busiest migration corridor in the world, and tens of thousands of migrants cross it each year trying to get to the United States and Canada. This movement has created rich transnational communities, as well as atrocities like the massacre of San Fernando in the state of Tamaulipas in August, 2010. Even though undocumented immigration of Mexicans to the United States is at a 10 year low, Mexico is still the world’s most prolific expeller of migrants. Mexico is also an important destination country for thousands of people: political refugees from many countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere; and economic refugees from Central and South America. In the teeming cultural capital of Mexico City, all of these currents converge. However, migration is a not only a national concern for Mexicans, but a regional concern for North and Central American countries, especially the United States.
The Migration Field Study, a partnership between the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and Casa de los Amigos, is a one-week program from January 9-16, 2011 that exposes participants to the wide ranging dynamics of migration in Mexico. The field study intends to introduce participants to the complexities of the migratory phenomenon in Mexico, and allows them to interact directly with a diversity of relevant social actors and agencies. It will also provide a human face and a living context to help shape an understanding of peoples and communities in movement.
Students and faculty who attend the field study will hear speakers from various NGOs and international agencies who work both with policy and legal issues and interact directly with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and human trafficking victims. They will visit non-profit and government offices, a refugee cultural center and a “Casa de Migrante” (migrant house) in the State of Mexico.
The Field Study is coordinated by the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico. Participants will stay at the Casa’s social justice-oriented guest house, and also have the chance to visit several important cultural sites and a number of Mexico City’s diverse neighborhoods.
Participants will be provided with advanced readings on relevant topics including the book “Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration” by Douglas Massey and 4-5 short articles. Professor Jim Krippner will lead debrief and reflection sessions each evening integrating reading materials and site visits.
Participating students will demonstrate enrollment in one of the following courses for Spring 2011:
History 208 Colonial Latin America
Political Science 161 The Politics of Globalization.
Political Science 229 Latino Politics in the United States
Spanish 240 Introduction to Latin American and Iberian Civilization
Spanish 221 Narrating Modern Mexico
To apply for the Migration Field Study, fill out CPGC’s Service Learning Application, www.haverford.edu/cpgp/apply.php by November 17, 2010 at midnight.
If you have questions, please contact Alison Castel at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stokes 107.
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