Photo taken during the 1st pre-institute meeting in April, 2019 in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

“Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context” is the Global Humanities Institute (GHI) 2020-2021 supported by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Rapidly increasing international migrations have radically changed the outlook of contemporary 21st-century societies, producing cases of massive displaced and precarious lives, and bring various impacts upon local communities. These emerging phenomena have attracted critical scholarship both in the humanities and social sciences in recent years.

The CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute (GHI) on “Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context” invites applications from early career researchers and advanced graduate students from the interdisciplinary humanities and social science studies, including but not limited to literature, history, philosophy, film, audio-visual arts, performing arts, law, anthropology, sociology, journalism, social media, digital platform, and other forms of practitioners.

Through the analysis of documentaries, films, literature, interviews, archives, governmental policies, and cooperation with NGOs/CBOs and artist groups, this intensive program foregrounds the subjective experiences and perspectives of migrants, the violation of the migrants’ fundamental human rights, the citizen’s attitude against them, as well as the government malfunctioning in dealing with these migrants.

The 2020-2021 CHCI-Mellon GHI “Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary  Global Context” will be delivered by the collaborative consortium formed by six core institutes and seven affiliations from eight different countries. Information about the core members can be found on the MEMBERS page.

This GHI will take place from 1st to 10th June 2021 at the International Center for Cultural Studies, NCTU, in Hsinchu, Taiwan (However, the final decision will be made based on the global travel situation in light of COVID-19). 

Our GHI will focus on the following three interrelated themes:

  1. Conditions of Migration and Precarious Lives
  2. Logistics, Geo-economics, Zoning Politics, and Local Infrastructure Initiatives
  3. Theoretical Issues Concerning the Questions of Unequal Citizens

Activities in the institute include panel discussions, workshops, group discussions, field trips, site-specific productions, and round-table discussion with NGOs/CBOs. This GHI will serve as a platform and laboratory of collaboration for all participants to explore and to share perspectives, approaches, and practices on the questions related to migration, logistics, and unequal citizens.

For more details regarding the full precis for the CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute, as well as the description of the research themes and the methodology, please visit GHI SCHOOL.