Dean's Master Class: research theme 'Migration'

January 15, 2016

Event information

Type: Master Class

Date: January 15 (Friday) 2016

Time: 12.15 - 17.00
(walk-in lunch 12.15 - 12.45; drinks afterwards)

Location: Rotterdam, Erasmus University College (directions) Lecture Hall B

Enrolment: free for Graduate School members
(before Friday, January 8, 2016)


Telephone: +31 (0)10 40 82607

The upcoming edition of the Dean's Master Class will focus on the research theme 'Migration'. Graduate School Dean Professor Liesbet van Zoonen has again chosen a theme which cuts across disciplines and asked four distinguished EUR scholars, from four academic fields, to present their research on the theme. Those four disciplines are: Public Administration, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, History, and Media and Communication.

The master class is a highly interactive event, consisting of a combination of presentations, discussions and assignments. During the afternoon, PhD candidates will work in groups towards presenting a draft research proposal on 'Religion'. The best proposal will be awarded 'The Dame'; the Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence.

Read the retrospective of the first master class for an impression of the afternoon’s set-up.

The Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence was awarded to Vicky Ariyanti (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies), Pieter van den Heede (History) and Sanne van Herpen (RISBO), Janna Michael (Media and Communication), Loïs Schenk (Pedagogy) and Lei Yang (Media and Communication).

Speakers Dean's Master Class on 'Migration'

Associate Professor Peter Scholten

Public Administration

Peter Scholten is Associate Professor Public Policy and Politics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on issues of intercultural governance, multi-level governance and knowledge and public policy. He is coordinator of the interdepartmental research cluster on the Governance of Migration and Integration and editor in chief of the journal Comparative Migration Studies.

Title presentation:
"An interculturalist perspective on refugee integration"

European societies have become increasingly mobile and increasingly diverse. The current refugee situation is only the latest (and not the last) episode in the transformation of Europe toward what is described in the literature as super diversity. This means that society has become so diverse that we can no longer really speak of minority groups; migrants have become to diversified themselves to speak of groups, and in some urban areas in Europe a majority of the population now has a first or second generation migration background. This presentation develops an interculturalist perspective on refugee integration, showing how in the context of superdiversity the governance of integration requires dialogue, contact and an optimization of opportunities for hybridization. This is also an approach that could provide a more direct response to both refugees’ needs and the multiculturalism backlash that many European countries have been experiencing over the last decade. 

Required reading:
Meissner, Fran & Steven Vertovec (2015) "Comparing super-diversity" In Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38.4: 541-555.
Available online

Professor Sabine Severiens

Pedagogical and Educational Sciences

Sabine Severiens is Professor of Educational Sciences at the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam. She teaches a variety of courses on education and diversity in both universities. The main theme in her scientific work is diversity and educational inequality, from the perspective of motivation, integration and the learning environment.

Title presentation:
"Professional capacity in superdiverse classrooms"

Countries face challenges in catering for the diverse needs of migrant students and narrowing the gaps in education outcomes between native students and immigrant students. Inter)national evidence (OECD 2010 Reviews of Migrant Education) suggest that strategies to raise education outcomes for migrant students need to focus on school level and system level, such as:

  • preparing school leaders and teachers to meet the needs of diverse student groups;
  • encouraging schools to build capacity in the area of dealing with diversity;
  • making collaboration between school and community more effective.

The central topic in my presentation is professional capacity concerning dealing with super-diversity.

Required reading:
Severiens, Sabine, Rock Wolff & Sanne van Herpen (2014) "Teaching for diversity" In European Journal of Teacher Education, 37.3: 295-311.
Available online

Gijsbert Oonk is Associate Professor of Non-Western History/ Global History at the Department of History of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research and teaching activities are in the field of Global History, African History and Asian History. He is particular interested in the role of Asians in East Africa.

Title presentation:
"Sport and Nation: migration and the battle for talent"

For most of us, citizenship is not a choice. We are governed by sovereign powers that decide who we are and to which nations we belong to. In this paper I would like to introduce the idea changing nationality, changing passports and changing citizenship among highly talented people. In my case professional soccer players. Here I raise the following question: In what contexts and under what conditions are states and sport-institutions (like FIFA and IOC) willing to grant citizenship to, highly talented migrant athletes and what are the consequences? How and why did this change over time? But the case of soccer players is not unique; it is also relevant for highly educated people who are transferred to the best university in the world, or Silicon Valley. Citizenship becomes an asset for states to attract talented people.

Required reading:
Shachar, Ayelet (2011) "Picking Winners: Olympic Citizenship and the Global Race for Talent" In The Yale Law Journal, 120: 2088-2139.
Available online

Lecturer Amanda Paz Alencar

Media and Communication

Amanda Paz Alencar is a Lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University. Before joining the Department in September 2015, she was a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Amsterdam.

Her Marie Curie research project entitled ‘TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration' addressed the variables involved in the mediation of migrant integration and experiences by media in a cross-country comparative perspective.

Title presentation:
"Examining the Roles of the News Media in Shaping Acculturation Experiences of New Economic and Refugee Immigrants in the Netherlands and Spain"

The process of adaptation and adjustment to a new cultural environment is generally understood as acculturation. Mass communication and media scholars have recognized the fact that the mass media can serve acculturation functions for many years (i.e., Lasswell, 1948; Wright, 1986). Drawing from acculturation theory and functional approaches to mass communication theory, this presentation examines the functions of news media in shaping immigrants’ acculturation experiences in Western European countries. Taking the example of Spain and the Netherlands, we explore the experiences of economic and refugee acculturating individuals coming from different migrant backgrounds in both countries for examining their practices of news consumption in relation to their adaptation in the host country. Furthermore, we discuss the various ways to extend empirical evidences on how individuals’ responses to acculturation influence their practices of news consumption in various contexts of immigration.

Required reading:

Christiansen, Connie Carøe (2004) "News Media Consumption among Immigrants in Europe The Relevance of Diaspora" In Ethnicities, 4.2: 185-207.
Available online