GDC Winter School in Toledo, Spain, 12-17 January 2020

Forced Migration and Engaged Scholarship


The “refugee crisis” is effectively a crisis over who has the right to move and who has the right to be protected in what ways. Since the vast majority of people become citizens purely by chance of where they are born, some of us are able to move freely, while others are forced to remain in regions plagued by famine, war, crime, repression and poverty or risk their life while migrating. This global inequality has no single cause nor one single solution. Instead, we must go beyond disciplinary borders and regions to devise new ways of co-creating global equity. The GDC Toledo Winter school 2020 is an opportunity for students and professors to think creatively and innovatively together about how to address these challenges.
The GDC Winter School will bring together engaged senior scholars and graduate students from across the world, from different disciplines, to work in small groups on academic and policy-oriented assignments about forced migration. Participants will also engage with local Spanish NGOs working on this topic. We will review theories, discuss students’ empirical work, question the fundamental premises upon which refugee policies are based, and chart new ways forward. Participants will be asked, in different forms, to translate their findings from their own research and relate them to global debates of migration and forced migration issues. Participants will also have ample time to workshop their own projects and get extensive feedback from the faculty and their peers.

Application Date: November 20, 2019
Send your applications to Prof. Rosa Aparicio-Gómez
Application should include a short PhD project description, a paragraph about your motivation and a short CV (1 page in total).
Course dates: January 12-17, 2020
The course is worth one credit.
Tuition Fee, including accommodation and all meals: 600 EUR
Students will be housed in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence Hall, located in the center of Toledo, where the classes are taught.
Participants need to travel to Madrid and from the Atocha train station take the AVE (high speed train) to Toledo which runs every half hour and takes 20 minutes. Unfortunately the course venue is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Course Directors

the Ortega y Gasset University Institute of Madrid, Spain.

Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

School of Arts, University of Ghana, Ghana

Department of Sociology, Wellesley College/Harvard University, United States of America