14-20 August, 2022, Prague

Summer School on Migration and Development

Geographic Migration Centre – GEOMIGRACE, a research institute affiliated with the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, with a support of IMISCOE, organizes Summer School on Migration and Development in Prague, Czechia, 14 – 20 August 2022.

The one-week course will be organized at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, in the heart of the capital city, Prague (Albertov 6). Experienced and respected scholars and practitioners (from international and non- governmental organizations) from various countries will take part in the Summer School while delivering lectures and/or leading seminars, workshops, panel discussions on issues closely related to migration and development issues. These will be put into broader political, economic, sociocultural, demographic and geographical contexts. We expect as many as 70 – 100 participants from many countries worldwide (literally, from all the continents) - MA students, Ph.D. candidates and people from international and non- governmental organizations. Special attention will be paid to doctoral students for whom a special session will be arranged (some of the Ph.D. students will be provided with their Ph.D. Theses feedback). The selection of participants, speakers and the organization of the summer school will be in line with the principles of diversity.

In addition to the academic part, other accompanying events, especially cultural ones, will take place. There will be three keynotes delivered by:

  • Marie Price (Department of Geography of the George Washington University): Immigrant Inclusion and Diversifying Cities: theories and practice
  • Brenda Yeoh (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore): Labour migration in the Asian context
  • Tanja Bastia (The Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester): Migration and development in an aging world

The following experts, among others, will give lectures on specific topics, while pinpointing selected aspects related to migration and the development nexus:

  • Forced migration and development - Fatima Eldiasty (Senior Protection Cluster Coordinator/ UNHCR, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Migration and Gender - Petra Ezzeddine (Department of General Anthropology and Department of Gender Studies of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University)
  • Migration and refugee policies within Mexico and Latin America - Luciana Gandini (Institute of Legal Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico) 
  • Transnationalism and Diaspora - Eva Janská (Faculty of Science, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University)
  • Canada's Response to Venezuelan Migration - Berti Olinto (The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University, Toronto)
  • Migration and Demography - Tomáš Sobotka (Global Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Human Capital, Vienna)
  • Inclusivity as a Precondition of Integration - Michal Vašečka (Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)
  • The Realities of Irregular Migration from Africa - Eric Opoku Ware (Sahara Hustlers Association, Ghana - The Realities of Irregular Migration from Africa)
  • Migration and Development - Josef Novotný (Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University)
  • Migration Theories, Realities and Myths - Dušan Drbohlav (Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University)
  • Ethnicity, migration and media stereotypes - Salim Murad (Director of Gymnasium of the Memory of the Nation; teacher at New York University Prague; teacher and coordinator of the EMMIR at the University of South Bohemia)
  • Migration, Climate Change and Global Risks - Michal Broža (Head of the United Nations Information Centre in Prague)
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Migration - Jan Schroth (Migration policy expert and consultant for the OECD, ex. IOM, UNHCR)

Additional experts from academia, international and non-governmental organizations will present specific examples of M&D projects in different parts of the planet, so that participants can follow up and respond to practical knowledge within the study and research. Moreover, special attention will be devoted to migration as a cross-cutting issue within the 2030 Agenda www.sdgs.un.org/goals - relevant to all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals and a direct part of selected SDGs.

The summer school will be physically held in Prague, if necessary, a hybrid/online program will be announced and arranged in advance. The tuition fee is expected 200 EUR. PhD students can receive a scholarship of 100 EUR. The fee includes six days of lectures lunches, coffee break refreshments, learning materials, an introductory corporate dinner, and a cultural program.