Project descriptionThe CFMDE is dedicated to creating an innovative and shared migration studies curriculum. Our consortium uses the terms “forced migration” and “displacement” in the broadly inclusive sense to capture the range of people compelled to leave their homes. It is not limited to legal categories that privilege a particular “objective” determination of legitimate reasons to flee. Rather, it is deliberately intended to enable challenges to the legal or objective definitions and to rethink established categories. This intellectual work will go hand‐in‐hand with our efforts, as a consortium, to forge new relationships and asymmetrical co‐operations both within our own communities and around the world, and to develop our consortium’s public identity in order to attract new connections and share the ideas and practices we will develop as our initiative matures.
We came together because we believe that our students, given the scope of global forced migration, need opportunities to engage with this pressing global challenge during, not just after, their undergraduate education. Early exposure to refugee knowledges helps students develop as well‐educated, engaged leaders primed to pursue graduate studies or professional careers in the field. It is also crucial that these future leaders develop an historically informed and geographically comprehensive understanding of migration. Being able to draw on migrant knowledges and understand the historical conditions and current connections between migration taking place in different parts of the globe will allow students to respond to migration’s challenges in a truly innovative, forward‐looking manner instead of falling back on the standard assumptions and policies of their own national context.