General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Anthropology of Migration
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Natalia Bloch
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 20-AM-12-EtnC


Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology


Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7, 61-614 Poznań, Collegium Historicum


Module aim (aims)

• Providing students with the knowledge of the key categories and concepts developed within mobility, migration and refugee studies (and the intersections between them)
• Providing students with the knowledge of the interpretative perspective towards migration issues developed within social anthropology
• Providing students with skills of in-depth and critical analysing the migration phenomena from an anthropological perspective

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

• Good English language skills
• A graduate degree


WEEK 1: Introduction to the course
WEEK 2: International migration and its complexity
WEEK 3: Theorizing Migration in Anthropology
WEEK 4: Ethnographies of mobilities
WEEK 5: Transnational perspective – multiple homes and loyalties
WEEK 6: Perspective of the life course – different generations of migrants
WEEK 7: Gender perspective on migration
WEEK 8: Religion and racialisation of migrants
WEEK 9: Privileged migrants – going first class?
WEEK 10: International Retirement Migration
WEEK 11: Educational migration or tourism?
WEEK 12: Refugee studies and the International Refugee Regime
WEEK 13: Protracted exile and refugees’ self-reliance beyond the UNHCR
WEEK 14: Refugee/migration crisis?
WEEK 15: Conclusions

FORMS OF ASSESSMENT: Active participation during the classes and writing a final essay

Reading list

Glick Schiller N., Salazar N. B. (2013) Regimes of Mobility across the Globe, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39: 2, pp. 183–200.
Brettell C. B. (2008) Theorizing Migration in Anthropology: The Social Construction of Networks, Identities, Communities, and Globalscapes, in: C. B. Brettell, J. F. Hollifield (eds) Migration Theory. Talking across Disciplines, pp. 97-135, New York: Routledge.
Salazar N.B., Elliot A., Norum R. (2017) Studying mobilities: Theoretical notes and methodological queries, in: A. Elliot, R. Norum, N. B. Salazar (eds), Methodologies of Mobility: Ethnography and Experiment, pp. 1-24, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Metykova M. (2010) Only a Mouse Click Away from Home: Transnational Practices of Eastern European Migrants in the United Kingdom, Social Identities 16: 3, pp. 325-338.
Ben-Ze’ev E. (2005) Transmission and Transformation: The Palestinian Second Generation and the Commemoration of the Homeland, in: A. Levy, A. Weingrod (eds), Homelands and Diasporas. Holy Lands and Other Places, pp. 123-139, Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Lutz H. (2002) At Your Service Madam! The Globalization of Domestic Service, Feminist Review 70, pp. 89-104.
Hamel Ch. (2002) Muslim Diaspora in Western Europe: The Islamic Headscarf (Hijab), the Media and Muslims’ Integration in France, Citizenship Studies 6: 3, pp. 293-308.
Fechter M. (2007) Living in a Bubble: Expatriate’s Transnational Spaces, in: V. Amit (ed.), Going First Class? New Approaches to Privileged Travel and Movement, pp. 33-52, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
WEEK 10:
Gustafson P. (2002) Tourism and Seasonal Retirement Migration, Annals of Tourism Research 29: 4, pp. 899-918.
WEEK 11:
Carlson S. (2013) Becoming a Mobile Student – a Processual Perspective on German Degree Student Mobility, Population, Space and Place 19, pp. 168-180.
WEEK 12:
Malkki L. H. (1995) Refugees and Exile: From "Refugee Studies" to the National Order of Things, Annual Review of Anthropology 24, pp. 495-523.
WEEK 13:
Bloch N. (2017) Beyond Integration. Tibetan Diaspora’s Separation Strategy in Multicultural India, in: A. Posern-Zieliński (ed.), The World of Encounters. The Role of Migration and Ethnicity in the Contemporary World, pp. 75-96, Poznań: Instytut im. Oskara Kolberga.
WEEK 14:
Selim N. et al. (2018) Coming Together in the So-Called Refugee Crisis. A Collaboration Among Refugee Newcomers, Migrants, Activists and Anthropologists in Berlin, “Anthropology in Action” 25: 3, pp. 24-44.