Guest seminar with Liv Thorstensson Dávila, PhD in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Linda Herrera, Professor of Global Studies in Education, Youth & Critical Middle East Studies, University of Illinois.

Global Perspectives on Migration and Education - Life Stories, Past and Present

This seminar will focus on refugees, displaced populations and migration in relation to schooling and livelihoods. In particular, it will present two examples of biographical research (life histories/life stories) with refugee and immigrant youth in Berlin and the United States.  The speakers will address research with displaced populations, and the implications for theory, policy and practice.

Title: Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Youths and Contemporary Social Movements in U.S.

Dr. Liv T. Dávila, Department of Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

PhD Liv T. Davila

This presentation centers on three interrelated questions: How do immigrant and refugee youth in the U.S. respond to discriminatory practices in school, including racism, language bias, anti-immigrant sentiment? What role do contemporary social movements (e.g., Black Lives Matter), play in their perspectives on their place within school and society? What aspects of school are relevant to their resilience in and outside of school? Data are drawn from three separate qualitative studies with adolescent immigrants and refugees from Vietnam, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Findings showcase these youth’s inherent agency while also problematizing what democratic participation and belonging mean for immigrant and refugee students in U.S. schools.

Title: Youth and Migration After Uprisings: Education Biographies from Berlin

Linda Herrera, Professor, Director, Global Studies in Education Program, Department of Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Linda Herrera
Linda Herrera

What happens when young, well-educated citizens with good prospects for careers and work in their home countries find themselves as reluctant refugees and migrants? What strategies do people pursue when they lose much of their education, social and cultural capital in new national, political and cultural environments? This talks deals with exploratory research with young people (20-35 years) from North Africa and West Asia living in Berlin in the aftermath of the Iran’s Green Movement in 2009 and the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. It explores how  “education biographies” can be one way to understand how recent refugees carry, build, and/or lose educational capital as they navigate their migration and find new pathways to build livelihoods, and be a valuable way to intervene in policy debates.