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We Aim to Change the Public Conversation on Migration and Displacement: "World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration"

Convenors:
Edward Liebow (American Anthropological Association)
Chair:
Edward Liebow
Stream:
Movement
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Short abstract:

An international initiative, World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration offers a traveling museum exhibition, interactive online content, and accompanying public events to change public conversations about migration and displacement, a shared human experience that connects us all.

Long abstract:

An international initiative, World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration offers a traveling museum exhibition, interactive online content, and accompanying public events to change public conversations about an often difficult topic—migration and displacement. World on the Move brings together the state of knowledge about migration and displacement to interact with diverse audiences and reframe the ways in which we think - and talk - about migration. World on the Move will challenge people to consider the scale, composition, and time-depth of human population movements, the ways in which research on migration and displacement have been used (and misused) to support public policy, and the lived experiences of individuals, families, and communities on the move. We use the central organizing principle of the "Crossroads," placing the visitor at a vantage point where their field of vision encompasses stories, images, and objects moving past in a number of directions, rather than what might considered a more divisive approach taken in many other museums and exhibitions about migration that often set newer arrivals apart from those who arrived earlier. We wish to emphasize instead that migration is a shared human experience that connects us all. We invite participants. We invite presentations about other exhibitions and public programming focused on migration and displacement issues to exchange ideas on participatory planning processes, representations, themes, activities, and evaluations of visitor experiences.

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