SEIS Academic Forum Series (No.697)
Forum on Irish/British Studies
The Migration Challenge: Comparative Educational Perspectives
Time: 14:00-15:40 p.m.
Date: 22 October, 2018 (Monday)
Venue: Room 115, School of English and International Studies
Speaker: Daniel Faas
This lecture focuses on the educational challenges arising from migration-related cultural and religious diversity, and resulting governmental responses particularly in education. The most important forms of migration that have shaped post-war Europe are colonial migration, ‘guest worker’ migration, repatriation of co-ethnic minorities in their country of origin, illegal immigration, circular and temporary migration and new forms of intra-European mobility. The question of the reception of and reaction to the political and educational changes evoked through immigration is central. Starting at EU level, the talk compares and contrasts trends in so-called old immigration host societies (e.g. Germany, UK, USA, Canada) and new immigration host societies (e.g. Ireland, Greece, Singapore, Japan). Each of these countries has its own distinct migration history, ethnic make-up and philosophies of responding to the presence of newcomers. Schools have a critical role to play in facilitating integration and bonding together diverse communities, and this lecture also examines some of the strategies schools adopt.
About the speaker:
Daniel Faas is Associate Professor in Sociology, Founding Director of the MSc Comparative Social Change and Convenor of the Research Theme "Identities in Transformation" at Trinity College Dublin. He is an elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (2015), Winner of the Provost’s Teaching Award (2012) and Recipient of the Global Engagement Award (2016). His research interests are in the sociology of migration with specific emphasis on the intersection of migration and education. His work focuses on youth identities in relation to immigrant integration, national identity, multiculturalism and social cohesion, religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe, curriculum design and development, as well as comparative case study methodologies. He has published widely on these topics in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals, as well as a sole-authored monograph.