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Cultures of Migration

Why study Cultures of Migration

It has often been said that we live in a borderless society, yet as Mexican American scholar Melissa Hidalgo reminds us, such statements are made by those who have the material and economic privilege of crossing borders without difficulty. Migration has often been presented as a challenge and even a threat to contemporary society, yet it is an ancient phenomenon that has long shaped societies and thought and that continues to enrich our increasingly globalized world.  

 The Master of Arts: Cultures of Migration explores the multifaceted challenges and potentials created by past and current (im)mobilities in the broad contexts of the production, circulation and transformation of cultural production in Ireland and internationally. This new MA is distinctive in its specific emphasis on the Arts and Humanities as an intellectual and experiential powerhouse for generating transformative responses to the imaginative and meaningful provision of welcome, refuge and sanctuary. It addresses the transnational and transcultural environment of creative and cultural production globally and specifically in Ireland while highlighting the central role of public outreach programmes concerning migration.  

 The course connects rigorous academic investigations with the enhancement of professional skills related to the world of work. In addition to core modules, students can select three options from a range of modules (from the Departments of English, History, Media Studies, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish), as well as the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). The modules address the centrality of language and translation, narrative (literary, historical, everyday) and archives, as well as artistic creativity and the imagination, in the negotiation of various issues.  

We believe that our exciting new MA will benefit anyone interested in issues related to migration, including human rights and humanitarianism, border-crossing and detention, diaspora and exile, multiculturalism and interculturalism, transcultural memory and integration, globalisation and cosmopolitics, representation and public discourse. 

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