This program has been canceled for Summer 2013. Return later for information about summer 2014.
Based in Amsterdam, this program provides students with an opportunity to explore the different histories of post-war migration and learn from the life stories of migrants in the Netherlands. Some responses to immigrant groups, including xenophobia and Islamophobia, have challenged the collective image of Dutch tolerance. Using concepts of intersectionality, students will examine the connection between gender, race, and the migrant experience. Migration and immigration are issues that are changing the world’s landscape, and are viewed differently based on gender, race, and sexual identity. This program will help students not only better understand the Dutch experience, but also critically think about key global issues.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is situated in the heart of Europe and is known for its quirky neighborhoods, canals, bicycles, and friendly people. The Netherlands has served as a place where people from all walks of life have sought refuge and welcome; Amsterdam alone is home to people claiming more than 170 ethnicities. Waves of immigrants from former colonies such as the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Suriname, and the Dutch Antilles, in addition to Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Morocco have transformed the city over the years. Amsterdam serves as an example of social and political trends impacting other parts of Europe and the world, where issues of national identity are taking center stage.
The influence of colonial definitions of “native-Dutch” and “non-native Dutch” which has impacted the views of multiple generations; the process of creating a sense of belonging amidst postcolonial discourse of exclusion and marginialization; and the dual role women are often expected to play in the migration process – preserving cultural values while simultaneously assimilating/integrating into their new culture and helping their families do the same
- Migration, Gender, and Race Seminar (History 311/Women’s Studies 281)
- Oral History Project (Anthropology 295)
Housing and Homestays
Students spend the entire program living with families in Amsterdam