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Burning the Sea: Clandestine Migration in the Age of Globalization Symposium

Date: 04/19/2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 140 & 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free


Burning the Sea: Clandestine Migration in the Age of Globalization
Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, 2013
9:00-5:00 (Friday)
10:00-2:30 (Saturday)

Accounts of North- and Sub-Saharan African clandestine migrations to Europe are broadcast widely in print and electronic media. Concurrently, fictional accounts on the matter published in French, Spanish, and Italian have grown considerably. Though they have received extensive media coverage, the desperate crossings have garnered little academic attention.

"Burning the Sea: Clandestine Migrations in the Age of Globalization" is a symposium designed as an interdisciplinary conference that will bring together fifteen scholars from various national and international institutions, with a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Panelists will discuss contemporary clandestine human migratory flows across the Mediterranean Sea between southwestern Europe and North- and Sub-Saharan Africa, as they are represented in French, Francophone, and Spanish literature and cinema. Panels will also examine these migratory patterns, concentrating on how they are accounted throughout history, in mass media, and political discourse.

Free and open to the public. Reservations required, to reserve please click here.


  • Name: European Studies Consortium
  • E-mail: esc@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Special Events Programs, European Studies Consortium, Global Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), French & Italian, Institute for Advanced Study, Spanish & Portuguese, History, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact The European Studies Consortium at 612-624-6527.

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