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Literature Seminar Migration and Integration


Admission requirements



This class offers an introduction to Migration History and as such is obligatory for MA students who follow the MA track Migration and Global Interdependence. The class is centered around a number of key texts that give an overview of the most important theoretical debates and analytical tools in the field of historical migration studies. Both in History and in the Social Sciences. Topics that will be discussed are migration typologies, Eurocentric versus global approaches, migrant networks and associations, transnationalism, diasporas, assimilation and integration processes, state formation, nationalism, and identificational attitudes, ranging from intermarriage to foodways and clothing.

Course objectives

  • Critical reading and anlysing key texts.

  • Discussing texts at a high level.

  • Presenting topics and structuring discussions in class.

  • Collaborate with other students in preparing a class.

  • Using the theoretical literature to frame one’s own topic.

  • Writing a 7500 word paper.


See here.

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar.

Course Load

Total hours: 280 hours:

  • Classes: 12×2 hours.

  • Time needed for reading, per week: 8 hours.

  • Time needed for writing, per week: 8 hours.

Assessment method

  • Evaluation of performances in class (10%)

  • Final paper (90%)



Reading list

1) Buy or lend:

  • Manning, P. (2003). Navigating world history. Historians create a global past. New York, Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Alba, R. D. and V. Nee (2003). Remaking the American mainstream: assimilation and contemporary immigration. Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press.

  • Lucassen, L. (2005). The Immigrant Threat: The integration of Old and New Migrants in Western Europe since 1850. Urbana and Chicago, The University of Illinois Press.

The rest of the literature will be distributed in class.


via uSis.

Contact information

Email: Prof. dr. L.A.C.J. Lucassen