Instructor: Matthew Sohm
Meeting time: Thursday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Outsiders, newcomers, and minorities played a central role in shaping contemporary Europe. In this seminar, we embrace the perspectives of people who moved or were forced to move to, from, and around Europe since the end of World War Two. We begin by investigating the mass population movements that occurred in the aftermath of war. We then examine how the great migration from former colonies and from the Mediterranean during the economic “golden years” of the 1950s and 1960s reshaped societies across the continent, before shifting to the anti-migrant backlash that followed during the recession of the 1970s and 1980s. We conclude by studying the ways that immigrants and refugees have come to define Europe in more recent decades, as well as the connections between the history of the past 75 years and present-day debates surrounding immigration, race, and national belonging. We access this history through fiction, memoirs, diaries, film, and music.