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A review of the migration phenomenon from a literature, genetic and political point of view. Where is the migrants' heritage? How can we genetically track their movements? What is Europe currently doing about migrants? Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
My heritage, your heritage, our heritage? How migrant writers challenge the nostalgia of home and belonging
"In the UK and other European countries, immigrants are often portrayed as at odds with a perceived national heritage. This idea is challenged by Harvard scholar Svetlana Boym who claims that there are two kinds of nostalgia: one that tries to restore the past (often appropriated by right-wing populism) and another that tries to critically reflect on it. This talk will explore how migrants may be able to offer a more critical view of their country of origin and also help their host country to understand its heritage in a new way. In particular, we will look at literary texts that draw on them.
Gene trees and ancestors - the evolution of human populations
From their origins in Africa, humans have spread across the world in a series of migrations and mixing populations which have left a record in the DNA of every living individual. This talk will describe what genetics tells us about our evolutionary past and how we are related to each other, addressing questions such as: whether the Neanderthals really died out, why 'race' is not a concept in genetics, and whether you are a Viking.
The Global Governance of Migration and the Catholic Church: Beyond the "Pope Francis Effect"
This talk reflects on the global role of the Catholic Church both in terms of Institutional perspective and from the view point of the moral values and the political theology at the heart of the Christian tradition. It highlights the sui generis position of the Catholic Church vis a' vis policy and academic debates on the Global Governance of Migration.