Discovering research through research

Partner institutions offer research-based learning content, supported by the teaching team’s individual and collective research projects.

The University of Lille thus boasts two interdisciplinary research centres which offer academic expertise on questions studied in the programme classes:

  • The Research Group on Ethnic relations, migration, and equality (GERME).
  • The Centre on Migration, Asylum, and Multiculturalism (MAM).

Similarly, Babeș-Bolyai University contributes to research through two specialised centres:

  • The Institutul Pentru Studierea Problemelor Minoritatilor Nationale (ISPMN) studies national minorities, with a special focus on the status of the Roma community.
  • The Centrul de Studii Politice Si Relatii Internationale (CESPRI) is a centre of Political studies and international relations.

The classes in European studies taught at Cluj, Szeged and the University of the Aegean are based on collaborative research projects carried out through the Jean Monnet networks.

In Rio, students actively participate in the annual conference, the Forum on Migration.

In Dakar, the IRD committee supervises and organises research conducted on migration in West Africa and the less-studied internal migration in the region.

The first MITRA Conference

The first MITRA conference was organised at the University of Lille on 24 May 2018. It dealt with various aspects of MITRA students’ research and field surveys.

Presenting their research in class offered students the opportunity to engage in debates over the challenges of migration studies.

French political scientist Catherine Wihtol de Wenden was the keynote speaker for this conference.

The themes covered were:

  • migratory dynamics,
  • contemporary conflicts,
  • mobilising contemporary and multicultural civil societies,
  • constructing the other: stigmatisation and discrimination.

Annual Conferences held in Cluj and Rio de Janeiro

In the course of the programme, students will have the opportunity to attend and participate in annual conferences organised in Cluj and Rio de Janeiro.

Please find below the topics covered by previous conferences and workforce in recent years (presentations are available online: ) :

1Cluj :

  • " Confronting perspectives on Africa: Democratisation, conflicts, intervention " (May 2015),
  • " Identity, Migration, and Conflicts " (May 2016),
  • " Literature and politics in Africa: a transdisciplinary approach " (April 2017).

2Rio de Janeiro :

  • annual forums: " a Forum on Migrations ",
  • annual symposiums: " A symposium on migration ".

In Wroclaw, MITRA students also take part in an annual two-week seminar focussing on intercultural communication. They are joined by students from the Communication Department of Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (The United States).

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