Despite the fact that many of the world’s migrants are children, many of whom also often migrate independently, children were, until recently, neglected in studies of migration across several disciplines. This, as many scholars have argued, is a reflection of the traditional view of children as appendages of their parents and passive receptacles of the cultural influences of the adult world around them. A shift in the conceptualisation of childhood over the past few decades, however, has enabled scholars to look at children’s experiences of social phenomena in their own right. This has entailed a recognition of children’s agency in the context of migration and of the validity of the stories of migration children have to tell. In the light of these changes, this course will consider different narratives of children’s migrations – in the media, in films, novels, life writing, photographs – and how these are bound up with different, often conflicting, ideas about childhood. Through this course, students will develop an awareness of childhood as a social construct, will acquire a theoretical vocabulary for talking about contemporary migrations and will become familiar with some of the cultural texts representing child migrants in the Anglophone context.
- Kursleiter:in: Carly McLaughlin