1. The act or an instance of migrating. 2. A group migrating together. 3. Chemistry & Physics a. The movement of one atom or more from one position to another within a molecule. b. The movement of ions between electrodes during electrolysis.

Migration or migratory behavior may refer to Biology, Ecology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Computing, Physic, Chemistry, and other subject matter. In recent years, migration has provided the lens for comparative examination of policy, gender, education, immigration, citizenship, culture, and legal issues. Recognizing the migration of people, concepts, and ideas linked to the African diaspora has had a profound effect on the development of global culture.

During the Spring 2012 academic semester, faculty from the Anthropology, Economics, History, Mathematics, and Political Science departments incorporated a consideration of migration into their classes to support the Africa and African-American Studies Program. Topic as varied as fair trade, immigration, demographics, and community building serve to highlight the historic and contemporary legacy of migration linked to the African Diaspora.



Investigating Diaspora

Diaspora Studies has emerged in recent years as the study of dispersed ethnic population. This field is often linked to suggestions of forced resettlement due to slavery, war, and ethnic conflicts in historic and contemporary contexts. Yet, the complexity of migratory effects goes beyond this limited definition, indeed modern global society includes cultural movement unconnected to geopolitical conflict. Project Mosaic: Migration incorporated an exploration of this broader diaspora phenomena. By investigating diaspora in this context, we see the power of ideas as migratory objects.

CLICK HERE to see two videos.

Tom Steward, Bournemouth University (UK) discussed a thriving culture of internationalized re-makes of television and cinema program and Nicolas Pillai, University of Warwick (UK) explored the seeming contradictions linked to jazz’s representation in an Atlantic context.


Project Mosaic

The goal of Project Mosaic is to promote a synergistic dialogue among faculty and enhance student understanding of the Africa and African-American experience. Working with an orienting central theme, the interdisciplinary project brings together faculty and students from multiple disciplines and class together in common purpose. Mosaic projects intended to highlight the intersection of the African Diaspora throughout western culture. This class project enhances the learning experience in participating classes by promoting an integrative examination of the influence of Africa and African related issues while stimulating greater depth within the disciplinary focus of each course.

Click on the Project Migration-Activities Sheet to view lesson plans for teaching about Migration in K-12 classes.

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