Migrations: Historic and Conceptual Perspectives and Analysis of Contemporary Phenomena

Cooperation Project 1

Coordinator: Prof. Antonio De Ruggiero

Assessment of environmental aspects, life habits and pathological condition in child developmentThis project seeks to analyze the complex phenomenon of migration from different perspectives, by taking into consideration cross-cultural exchanges, social practices and patterns of interaction among individuals. These perspectives take place when individuals from different settings face stressful situations, at both the personal and family levels.

Migration will be studied both in peaceful and conflicting contexts. In the first case, the feelings and perceptions of both migrants and the target setting locals where they move to will be an important factor to be explored. In addition to that, longitudinal processes involving the coexistence of traditions, practices, values and educational dynamics of the source and target cultures will also be investigated. In the second case, the mere deterritorialization (a cause of significant suffering) is maximized by the trauma caused in the contexts that these migratory movements occur, such as in armed conflicts. The phenomenon of migration will be carefully assessed based on different complementary perspectives.

This will allow for approaches at the macro (social, political, historical, legal, cultural and philosophical dynamics) and the micro (mental health of migrants and refugees – as well as the analysis of some evaluation methods – the feeling of strangeness, significance of loss and the reestablishment of ties with the old and new contexts, etc.) level of analysis. Such elements will be mapped out empirically and also in view of the theoretical, conceptual and normative productions on this issue. We will give special attention to the normative and legal discussions on the status of immigrants and the right to belonging. The most important strategic partnerships in this area are, as follows:

1) Universität Bonn: one of the most prestigious universities in Gemany and Europe. This university has a long tradition of academic cooperation with CAPES and has been partners with PUCRS;

2) Università degli Studi del Molise – UNIMOL (Italy): a university partners projects with PUCRS in the area of migrations and general studies on transcultural processes between Mediterranean Europe and South America and;

3) Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC): a traditional institution offering more than 400 academic programs. This university is highly internationalized and has a formal agreement with PUCRS.


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