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Migrations and European Construction at the UC3M Auditorium

European Researchers Night Madrid 2017


“Europe Moves: Migrations and European Construction” is the title of the event organized by the Vice-Rectorate of Communication and Culture at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for European Researchers Night Madrid 2017. The event will be held on Friday, September 29th, at the UC3M Auditorium in Leganés. This informational presentation, which combines talks, multimedia and performing arts, focuses on migratory factors and their role in the construction of a new kind of European citizenry.

Europa se Mueve

The event will feature researchers from the UC3M Department of Social Sciences. The researchers participate in European Horizon 2020 research projects related to this subject: Javier Polavieja, from the GEMM project (Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets), and Javier Lorenzo Rodríguez, from the MOVE project (Mapping mobility-pathways, institutions and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe).

Polavieja will talk about the silent revolution Spain has experienced as a result of immigration flows unprecedented in the modern history of the country. “The challenges these ‘new Spaniards’ face are crucial for our country, and their success depends to a large extent on the sustainability of the welfare system and our capacity for economic growth in the future. In particular, I will focus on the problem of labor discrimination and the importance that studying discrimination from a compared perspective has,” he said.

Lorenzo, meanwhile, will focus his talk on the phenomenon of the mobility of Spanish youth in Europe and the effects or determinants that make them leave, or prevent them from doing so. “There is a great diversity of reasons for this mobility, not only among Spanish youth, but also among the different territories that make up the European Union. What I want to pose is a series of questions that make the audience think about this matter, questions that make them react, think about what is happening around them, what we can and must demand of our institutions, governments and representatives,” he said.

Audiovisual Staging and Theater

The event will have an audiovisual production that explores the role of cinema as one of the depictions that has culturally expressed the notion of European identity. There will also be a play that was written and planned exclusively for this event. The play explores emigration as a phenomenon that is at once conflictive for the individual and instrumental in creating their identity.

This event is part of European Researchers Night Madrid, a scientific dissemination project that has been held simultaneously in 340 European cities since 2005. In the Autonomous Region of Madrid, it is promoted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and coordinated by the Fundación Madri+d. This project is funded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) under the agreement of subsidy number 721631.

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