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For the past two years, the public debate has been dominated by images of refugees making their way to Europe and by the concerned reactions of European citizens to the asylum issue. Social media have played a significant role in these events.

Professor Godfried Engbersen, from Erasmus University Rotterdam, will talk about “Refugees and the role of social media” in his guest lecture, at SWPS University in Warsaw. The lecture is a part of the series “Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century”, organized by SWPS University Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies Program.

Lecture open to the public – free admission.

Public Lecture

December
10 2016

Warsaw

Migration, Social Media, and Integration of Refugees

The lecture will focus on two topics related to migration. Firstly, Professor Engbersen will analyze the role of social media in the migration-decisions of refugees. He will also explore how information from social media was assessed and validated in migration decision-making about migration routes and destination countries.

The second part will be devoted to the issue of refugee integration in Europe. Attention is currently focused on the problems relating to the local reception of asylum seekers. At the same time, however, policymakers face a second fundamental challenge, which is the question of how to facilitate the integration of asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit into European societies. Professor Engbersen will present the analysis of his Dutch research on migration and social media and on the integration of refugees into Dutch society.

Godfried Engbersen – Sociologist, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Godfried Engbersen is Professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. His current research activities focus on irregular migration, the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2014, he was appointed a member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy. Moreover, he is the Dutch correspondent for the continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of OECD and elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (since 2007).

His most recent publications include: Fatale Remedies. De onbedoelde effecten van beleid en kennis [Fatal Remedies. The Unintended Consequences of Policy and Science] (AUP 2009) and (with Richard Black, Marek Okólski and Christina Pantiru) A Continent Moving West? EU Enlargement and Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe (AUP 2010).

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies Program, at SWPS University, is proud to host many renowned scholars from around the world. We are beginning this academic year with a lecture on “Refugees and the role of social media’” by Professor Godfried Engbersen, from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, to show that the issue of refugees can be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, across borders and existing mindsets.

Associate Professor Izabela Grabowska, Ph.D., Head, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century

“Challenges of Humanities in the 21st Century” is a series of lectures by distinguished specialists, representing various disciplines from the field of humanities. The events are aimed at students of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies at SWPS University, however all interested parties are welcome. The format includes post-lecture informal discussions, where doctoral students can debate the lecture topics with the invited experts. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to networking, which lends itself to opportunities of future internships at universities or research centers around the world.

Upcoming Lectures in the Series

January 11, 2017 at 18:00
„Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs”
by prof. Barbara Klimek, Arizona State University

January 20, 2017 at 17:00
„From research to practice: the impact of behavior change interventions in real world settings” by prof. Aleksandra Łuszczyńska, University of Colorado, SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University are directed to people interested in an academic career and also to those, who would like to continue their education and personal development in support of their career advancement. The interdisciplinary character of our programs allows students to participate in projects from various disciplines. Our doctoral students collaborate with scholars from the best research centers in Poland and around the world. The master-apprentice approach guarantees that each student receives individual attention and professional support.

Date and Location

December 10, 2016 at 14.00

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, Lecture Hall Nr S306
Warsaw

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