Seminar 01 - Histories of State, Nation, and Identity

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Week 1+2: Michael Toussaint and Christian Cwik (University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)

Everybody of us is the sum of family migration. Today's Latin American and Caribbean societies are the outcome of more than 500 years of migration from Europe, Africa and Asia. European migration has started by conquering indigenous territories after the discovery of the first Caribbean islands in 1492. The Europeans forced genocide on the first native people and substituted the shed labour force through European manpower. African Migration to Latin American and the Caribbean was the result of a European economic demand to develop merchant capitalism and later financial capitalism trough slave manpower. Migration developed as big Atlantic market for human traffic.

Almost all big migrations waves have their origins in brutal displacement due to economic, political and social reasons. This seminar would like to elaborate the different push and pull factors of European migration to Latin America and vice versa during the 19th and 20th century. Processes of transformation on both side of the Atlantic have pushed people to leave their homes, manpower was always on demand. But without the permanent transgression against sovereignty of states and societies, migration won't be possible. Main goal of the seminar is to better understand the reasons for recent migration waves.


Suggested Literature:

MORRIS Ian, War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014):

Piché Victor/DUTREUILH Catriona, Contempo­rary Migration Theories as Reflected in their Founding Texts. In: Population (English Edition, 2002-), Vol. 68, No. 1 (January-March 2013), pp. 141-164.

Hessle Sven, Global Social Transformation and Social Action: The Role of Social Workers, Vol. 3, Stockholm 2014.



Michael Toussaint


(University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago)

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Christian Cwik


(University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago)

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