Director: Dr. Yana Meerzon
STUDIES in MIGRATION, Interdisciplinary Research Group, is hosted by the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. The group builds upon the strength and uniqueness of the University of Ottawa professors’ expertise in philosophy, history, politics, sociology, religious, literary and language studies, as well as fine and performance arts. It aims to focus on the question of “what is at stake” in understanding and presentation of two most urgent and related issues of our time – the issues of migration and neo-nationalism. The group aspires to propose new philosophical and cultural discourses that can help us building a new democratic community of mobile subjects based on peoples’ shared interests and responsibilities, recognizing the worth of different opinions, values, and positions. In its aims to re-validate the impact humanities and social sciences can have on the public sphere and discourses, this research group wishes to respond to Alisa Solomon`s questions: “What should we demand and expect from cultural critics and other spokespersons with regard to raising public awareness and generating debate in the public sphere about the arts, education and culture? What should they expect and demand from us and from the public more generally?”, and “What are future or emerging issues worthy of public engagement that involve our discipline[s]?” Accordingly, the group’s mandate is to conceptualize the new area of inquiry such as migration studies or international mobility studies, and focus on redefining the condition of new cosmopolitanism both in its historical paradigms and as the defining characteristic of contemporary society. The format of this research group provides a careful balance between Canadian and international input on the topic of migration, between practice and theory, and between knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination.