Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative

Erasmus Summer Doctoral Programme

Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative Hosts First UCD ERASMUS Summer Doctoral Programme

UCD’s Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative in co-operation with the Humanities Institute of Ireland and UCD School of Sociology recently hosted the eighth European Doctorate on Migration, Diversity and Identities (EDMIDI) Summer Intensive Doctoral Student Programme, from 19-30 June. The Programme was funded primarily by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, now administered by the HEA, and received additional support from the IRCHSS as part of an on-going project on evidence-based practice in Irish integration policy, along with support from HumanitariaNet.

EDMIDI’s mission is to contribute to the co-operative creation, strengthening and development of expertise and collaboration towards the consolidation of a European Area of Research in Migration, Diversity and Identities. It includes partner institutions from 14 countries across Europe, including Malta. EDMIDI is one of the thematic subgroups of HumanitariaNet which was established in 1996.

EDMIDI Intensive Programmes rotate among partner sites on an annual basis. The ‘IPs’ constitute a unique opportunity for doctoral students to have intensive access to leading European academics in the field of Migration Studies, engage in contemporary theoretical and methodological debates, develop their critical thinking and presentation skills, and gain focused feedback on their PhD research.

This year, nineteen PhD students from UCD, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain and representing 10 different nationalities participated in the ten-day programme. Led by Dr Alice Feldman from the School of Sociology, the IP focused on issues pertaining to culture, identity and diversity in the contemporary contexts of migration in Europe. The IP consisted of an interdisciplinary series of lectures and fieldtrips. The fieldwork undertaken by the students towards the development of group projects, gave them the opportunity to examine the politics and production of ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ discourses of national and migrant identities in economic, civic and cultural arenas, and the spaces of change and transformation in everyday life ’on the street’.

For more information, see also www.ucd.ie/mcri and http://www.humanitariannet.deusto.es/EuropeanDoctorates/migration.asp