This module will be delivered in collaboration with the University of London Institute in Paris.
This module takes a critical look at two of the most exciting and dynamic cities on the planet, exploring the ways in which they have been shaped by global migration patterns both historically and in the present day. Focusing on core themes including inequality and difference, integration and borders, heritage and diversity, it explores the specific colonial legacies of London and Paris and how these have shaped contemporary processes and lived experiences of migration in each city. In the context of a growing hardening of the border between the UK and continental Europe, this module will provide students with the opportunity to explore how these institutional bordering processes are played out on the ground and to consider the convergences and differences between these distinct, yet closely connected, urban contexts.
This three-week intensive programme comprises one week in London, one week in Paris (which includes the opportunity to experience the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on July 14th) and a final week in London that will focus on both cities. In both cases, the city will be used as a classroom and laboratory for investigating a range of continuities and changes, problems and potentials relating to impacts and experiences of migration across the urban fabric. In London, students will have the opportunity to work with community and migrant organisations in Tower Hamlets, one of the most diverse boroughs in the metropolis and home to Queen Mary. They will also visit the Migration Museum Project, Brixton Archives and particular areas of the city with notable migration histories, including Brick Lane, Portobello Road and the London Docklands. In Paris students will also have the opportunity to work with local refugee-support organisations in the areas of Paris north of the Gare du Nord (La Chapelle, La Goutte-d’Or), long the first ports of arrival in the city for immigrants. They will also visit the National Migration Museum, located in the old and fantastically decorated Pavilion of the Colonies, and conduct fieldwork in Belleville, now one of the main Chinese areas of the city but previously, in the nineteenth-century, a hot-bed of revolution before becoming an area of Eastern-European Jewish immigration in the first half of the twentieth century.