Conflicts, Migration and Climate Change : connecting the dots

Martin Jorgensen
Gosling Classroom
Saturday 10.30am-3.30pm

24 June: 10.30am-3.30pm
Members:  £50. Non-members: £60
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Course outline
A communist insurgency in the Philippines. Threats to the clean drinking water of millions of people in North India. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing low-level conflict in Eastern Congo.

Every day more or less, headlines take us to different parts of the world, sharing with us disparate and desperate events via photos, soundbites and recordings about people unable to flee or fleeing from a conflict or being forced to migrate due to climate change.

Sometimes these stories of devastation offer just a quick glimpse. Other times we get more in-depth coverage of a single place or single crisis. Common for these many different stories is their origin in the Global South: Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and also South and Central America.

More often than not, it is also hard to keep track of these seemingly disconnected events, connect them in a bigger picture and make sense of this. Not only because these headlines compete with so many other news stories that are often closer to home.  Many of us are also busy, making the complexity too much if not mind-numbing.

In this course, we try to address and bring together this often-overwhelming information from different parts of the world. We pause, add context, discuss how things link up and paint a global picture. Along the way, we explore and discuss how the crises are being handled by governments and international organisations