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GEOG0167 Migratory Activisms, Creative Citizenships

Key Information

Credit value: 15

Level: Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Restrictions:
No restrictions.

Intended teaching term: Term 2

Methods of assessment:
30% Audio piece
70% Written essay (2,500 words)

Module leader: Tom Western

Who to contact for more information:
geog.office@ucl.ac.uk

Description

Movement across borders is always a social movement and a political movement. Citizenship is not just something conferred or denied by the nation-state, but is something crafted and claimed at street level. This module examines geographies of creative activism. It centres on two ideas: first, on migratory activism, tracing the trajectories of activist and resistance movements in various global configurations; and second, on creative citizenships, imagining ways of belonging not limited to national borders. These twin focusses encourage students to think across scholarly and activist worlds, developing creative, collective, relational and disruptive ways of thinking and writing.

The module opens by following the circulations of activist movements and the development of transnational spaces of resistance, in both historical and contemporary settings. We connect anticolonial resistance with feminist praxis, travelling theory with immigrant protest. The module then turns to everyday creativities enrolled in practices of emplacement. We explore the politics and poetics of relation, thinking alongside people who work to unmake borders, and reimagining citizenship as something disruptive and creative. The module concludes by asking how these activist geographies can be applied to student research projects in different urban, cultural, creative and political settings.

The module aims to:

  • Develop students’ understanding of activist movements and citizenship struggles in mobile, diasporic, and transnational contexts.
  • Enhance students’ skills of critiquing ideas of citizenship and inclusion as things only produced and managed by the state, instead developing tools to study creative citizenship practices.
  • Develop students’ abilities to apply activist methods to their own research projects in both academic and non-academic settings.

 

On completion of the module, students should have acquired:

  • An understanding of activist movements and citizenship struggles in mobile, diasporic, and transnational contexts.
  • An appreciation of how citizenships are made and remade at street level in creative, collective, relational and disruptive ways.
  • The ability to (i) connect theoretical ideas on movement and relation with examples of migratory activisms in various global contexts, and (ii) use this knowledge to critically engage with contemporary migrations and movements.
  • Ability to conduct independent research and to present knowledge in oral, digital, and written formats.
  • Creative and transferable skills in conceptualising and producing media outputs through producing and audio piece for a public audience.
  • Tools to apply activist methods to research in both academic and non-academic settings.