Refugees in modern and contemporary European history
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH22
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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What is the course about?
According to numerous political parties, social media influencers and media outlets across Europe, ‘we’ are currently being ‘flooded’ by especially Muslim refugees and immigrants who either want to exploit ‘our’ welfare policies or pose terrorist threats. This course uses this backdrop to explore the theme of refugees in modern history from the middle of the 19th century onwards. In doing so, the course will touch upon, among other things, the differences between refugees and migrants, ‘white’ refugees in modern European history, ‘Muslim’ refugees in modern European history, the emergence of international refugee organisations, refugee dynamics at the margins of Europe at the beginning of the 21st century and the political instrumentalisation and racialization of humans fleeing conflicts and climate change.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course will explore the histories of refugees in modern and contemporary European history over four sessions. The first session will serve as an introduction and focus on the period from the middle of the 19th century to the outbreak of the First World War, focusing especially on wars between European empires and wars of independence. The second session will then explore refugee patterns and responses in the Interwar period and the Second World War. The third session will explore the Cold War, and the last session the period from 1989 until 2020, focusing both on the collapse of Yugoslavia and the current ‘refugee crisis’.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Taking this course will strengthen your understanding of modern refugee history and its politics in contemporary European debates and media landscapes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.
Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.