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This cluster focuses on the role migration plays in reshaping European identity.
The historical narrative of the European metropolitan centres is being interrupted and de-centered by people shifting among multiple locations whose diasporic sensibilities refashion prior definitions of national canons, notions of citizenship and political representations. Migration to and from Europe is not a new phenomenon, but in this cluster we address the specific legacies of colonization and how it impacts current migration flows to and within Europe.
It also addresses the new governmental policies that attempt, at a European level, to eliminate geographical borders on the one hand while creating at the same time new internal divisions based on ideological assumptions and political agreements. This cluster also explores the metaphoric dimension of migration as a form of double imagination and critical awareness where borders are a fictional dimension of the mind upon which to construct new forms of belongings.