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Migration and the Humanities: Critical Challenges Published

The proceedings of a recent workshop examining questions of migration and citizenship has just been published and is available on the Irish Humanities Alliance website (pdf). The document is called Migration and Humanities: Critical Challenges, and offers thorough engagement with issues in migration by numerous academics working in the humanities, as well as key recommendations.

This workshop was funded by the Irish Research Council and sponsored by the Irish Humanities Alliance, of which Dean of GradCAM Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick is Chair.

Prof. Fitzpatrick provides the forward of this document:

Migration raises fundamental questions, not just about who we are and where we come from,
but also what it means to belong to a nation state and to be recognised by the state as a
citizen or a potential citizen or a transitory citizen. When a recognition of the ‘transitory’ or
‘transitioning’ citizen takes place there is an obligation to acknowledge basic human rights:
the rights to education and the right to work. The demand to be recognised/acknowledged
within the nation state as a citizen or transitory citizen is one of the major challenges of
contemporary Europe and is perhaps, more broadly, a challenge to the EU project itself.
The positive intercultural and interlinguistic experience offered by the movement of people
is often overlooked by more populist discourses in relation to the fear of the other.
In June 2017 the Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) put in place a forum to raise these
questions as part of our annual conference in 2017 and the results of these interventions and
discussions are presented here. We have also provided some recommendations arising from
this in relation to the Humanities and Migration in the hope that these recommendations can
be acted upon in the very near future. Moreover, as we go to print, we welcome the fact that
four of our member HEIs – DCU, UCC, UCD and UL – are recognised as designated ‘Universities
of Sanctuary’ for asylum seekers and refugees while other member HEIS are currently aiming
for that status by fostering a culture of inclusion for all.

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