Exploring Migration Narratives: Seminar Delivers Insights at University of Cádiz

On February 16, 2024, a thought-provoking seminar titled “Migration Discourses: Borders, Imaginaries, Narratives, Poetics” was held at the Campus de Jerez from the University of Cadiz. The event, led by Grzegorz Welizarowicz, professor of American studies and chairman of the International Border Studies Centre at the University of Gdansk, counted with 15 attendees.

The seminar, organized within the framework of the SEA-EU Observatory for Migrations and Human Rights, offered an engaging platform for students enrolled in the Master in International Relations and Migrations program at the University of Cádiz.

Welizarowicz’s presentation delved into the intricate conceptualization of borders, framing them as discursive or textual practices that evoke social and spatial imaginaries and find expression in narratives. Central to the discourse were questions surrounding the construction of our world by narratives, particularly focusing on migration narratives. Attendees were challenged to consider the characteristic traits of such narratives and their impact on political processes, perceptions, and the integration of migrants into societies.

The seminar aimed to provide theoretical insights, supplemented by specific examples and creative tasks, to foster productive and ethical engagement with migration debates. Through this comprehensive approach, attendees gained valuable perspectives on shaping discourse surrounding migration narratives.

Reflecting on the event, Welizarowicz highlighted the importance of critically examining migration narratives and understanding their influence on societal dynamics. He emphasized the need for nuanced and ethical frameworks to guide discussions on migration, advocating for a deeper understanding of the complexities inherent in these narratives.

The seminar concluded with a vibrant exchange of ideas and a renewed commitment among attendees to contribute meaningfully to ongoing discussions on migration and human rights.