Understand the Global Refugee Crisis.
Uprooted/Rerouted explores the dynamics of the current crisis and the challenges it poses for refugees, host communities and international law. It aims to offer concrete research-based interventions to address both the causes and consequences of this crisis. Duke students and faculty collaborate both with refugee communities and international, national and local NGOs working with these communities. Working from a variety of methodological, theoretical, disciplinary and political perspectives, participants address a single research question: how does displacement affect the well-being and the social identity of those displaced?
Students interested in applying for Spring 2016 should complete the application form and submit a letter of interest to Suzanne Shanahan by Wednesday, October 28.
DukeImmerse:Uprooted/Rerouted students work together through a semester of four classes and with a month of field research abroad.
Uprooted/Rerouted in its first two years involved a systematic comparison of Bhutanese and Iraqi refugees, two of the three groups the U.S. State Department and Office of Homeland Security have specially targeted for resettlement, and the two fastest growing refugee populations in Durham and surrounding areas. In 2014, as part of the Bass Connections working group in Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health, Syrian refugee populations were included as well.
The Bhutanese were expelled from Bhutan two decades ago, lived in poverty in refugee camps, are largely illiterate, mostly don’t speak English, mostly come from agricultural backgrounds, and tend to convert from Hinduism to Christianity just before or after resettlement. The Iraqis left only recently, spent little or no time in refugee camps, are solidly middle-class, highly educated professionals, speak fluent English, and don’t tend to convert. How do these factors affect the likelihood of successful resettlement?
Spring 2016 Courses
Global Migration and Ethics (Ethics/CulAnth/ICS):
Field Ethics (Ethics/Sociology):
Displacement and and Statelessness (Ethics/PubPol):
Refugee Policy and Practice (Ethics/ICS/PolSci):
Contact Professor Suzanne Shanahan with any additional questions.
DukeImmerse is a partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.