The Miami Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), has awarded funds to create an Interdisciplinary Research Group on "Immigration and Transnationalism in the Americas." The principal investigator for this group is the Director of FIU's Cuban Research Institute, Dr. Jorge Duany.
The main purpose of this project is to create a working group on the aforementioned topic, including faculty and graduate students with expertise and interest across UM and FIU. The group will meet at least twice during the spring of 2013 to discuss issues such as existing research and expertise on the topic, research priorities, potential partnerships, and potential funding opportunities. In addition, the group will organize a public colloquium on immigration and transnationalism featuring three guest speakers from the United States, Latin America, and Europe. The colloquium will take place on April 26, 2013.
This project will bring together scholars from a wide variety of academic backgrounds with a common interest in Latin American and Caribbean migration, primarily to Miami. Participants will interact closely with the speakers, who will lead the discussion on the main problems, approaches, and methods in contemporary research on immigration and transnationalism. This intensive discussion will help focus the participants' attention on new research initiatives which can compete for external funding. The colloquium will stimulate the development of at least one interdisciplinary and collaborative research proposal comparing different immigrant groups of Latin American ancestry in the Miami metropolitan area, focusing on their transnational connections to their countries of origin.
The program for the colloquium is available here.