Cancelled The Anthropology of Migration, advanced course

Course content

Anthropologists no longer view migration as necessarily antithetical to settled life, but rather as a resource that is integral to ongoing social, economic and cultural mobilities. This course will look at different forms of migration and how they are shaped by migrants as well as the migration regimes that seek to control them. This will be done by exploring some of the ethnographic case studies and related theoretical and methodological approaches that have appeared in recent years.

We will investigate how migration, on the one hand, is perceived and practiced as a resource and, on the other, viewed and treated as a potential security risk in different socio-economic and cultural contexts. Central questions will be: What kinds of social and personal aspirations and which structural opportunities and constraints shape current migration processes? How can we capture these processes in ethnographic research? And what is the methodological and analytical purchase of concepts such as social imaginaries, mobility/immobility, adventure, migratory paths, borderlands, securitization, legality/illegality, uncertainty and potentiality?

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge of different forms of migration

  • Knowledge of major theoretical and methodological approaches to migration in anthropology

  • Knowledge of how different approaches shape our understanding of migration



  • The methodological, analytical and theoretical skills necessary to identify migration from an anthropological perspective

  • The methodological, analytical and theoretical skills necessary to investigate migration from an anthropological perspective

  • The methodological, analytical and theoretical skills necessary to critically analyze migration from an anthropological perspective



  • Present and critically discuss central issues in anthropological migration studies

  • Define a well-defined anthropological research problem concerning current migration issues

  • Write a well-structured essay drawing on relevant theory, method and ethnographic material from the course

A combination of lectures and seminars, plus possible excursion and supervised exercises.

BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.

Course literature will be available through Absalon.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Essay length: 21,600–26,400 keystrokes for an individual submission. 6,750–8,250 keystrokes per extra member for group submissions. The maximum number of students who can write an essay in a group is four.
For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See description of learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 121
  • Exam
  • 44
  • English
  • 207