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Migration in focus at Global Week 16-18 November

News: Nov 10, 2015

What are our urgent needs – or desires – to move within countries, between countries or even to travel into outer space? How does migration affect education, learning, economy and the job market? How can personal stories make their way through art? Focusing on migration, these are some of the questions at this year’s Global Week, at the University of Gothenburg.

Today, we stand before the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. About 60 million people are fleeing their homes. Global Week gives you a chance to get in-depth knowledge and respectful discussions. How can we act, as democratic citizens, to move forward in sustainable ways?

Under one roof over three days students, researchers and artists gather and discuss different perspectives on migration, together with representatives of organizations such as Amnesty, the Nordic Africa Institute and authorities such as Sida and the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Opening lectures

What are the driving forces behind human migration today and in a historic perspective? Ingela Winter-Norberg, Programme Manager at the Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, Sida and Lisa Pelling, Chief Analyst at the think tank Arena Idé, opens Global Week with an overview. Madelaine Seidlitz, lawyer and head of refugee issues at Amnesty International, and Göran Larsson, Professor in Religious studies/History of Religions at the University of Gothenburg, follow up with reflections and comments. Together with an invited panel you will also be able to reflect on the reflation between citizenship and human rights.

Personal stories

At Global Week you can acquaint yourself with knowledge from research and education, but also with personal stories, told with the help of photography, film and music.

- Music is important for everyone. We listen to music whether we are happy or sad, want to think or simply just cannot come up with anything better to do. But for refugee children music is even more important; they need to express their experiences and something meaningful to do.

So says Khaled Harara, former sanctuary writer in Gothenburg, rapper and student at the Academy of Music and Drama, who participates at Global Week. Together with the Afghan artist Monirah Hashemi, hes has started a project where they will teach music and theater to newly arrived refugee children in Sweden.

At Global Week you can also listen to how to use a film camera as a tool to tell your own story and watch the exhibition ”Through my own eyes”, showing photos taken by refugees in an illegal refugee camp in France.

Journalism, economy, job market and law

Gellert Tamas, writer, journalist and documentary film maker, looks thoroughly into the Swedish welfare state and Christian Catomeris, documentary film maker and foreign reporter at SVT, talks about his experiences of ”Journalism and Human Dignity”.

Amongst others from the University of Gothenburg you will meet Joakim Ruist, Postdoc rearcher who has studied the economic consequences of migration, Henrik Sjövall, Professor and course leader for the complementary programme for doctors with qualifications from countries outside EU, Anja Karlsson Franck, researcher at the School of Global Studies who has studied migration and corruption, and Sara Stendahl, Professor in Public, Welfare and Human Rights Law and in charge of the Swedens first Law Clinic, where law students cooperate with organisations such as the Red Cross.

This, and much more, is a part of Global Week this year.

Facts about Global Week:

16-18 November 2015

Pedagogen (The Faculty of Education) at the University of Gothenburg, House A, Västra Hamngatan 25, Gothenburg (buss/tram stop: Grönsakstorget)

Please click link to open and download a pdf file of the programme
Printed folders with the programme can be found at the University Service Centres and in the main University building at Vasaplatsen.

You can pick and choose as many programme activities as you want, all is free of charge, no registration needed. The full programme will be in English, except for a few cases, indicated in the programme. There are a limited amount of seats, so please be there on time.

More information
At the Global Week website you can find more information
There, you can have a sneak preview at a short filmed interview, with Anja Karlsson Franck, one of the participating researchers from the University of Gothenburg


Originally published on: www.gu.se

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