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Migration and Modernity: Historical and Cultural Challenges

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this study cycle  unconditionally (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

MOVES is defined by a unique collaboration between university researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences and partners across sectors (NGOs, charities working with migrants and cultural and creative industries) in 5 EU countries.
It identifies the contemporary issue of migration as a problem to be treated within the wide context of modernity, acknowledging the way it has shaped European identity, first in the outward thrust of European nations in colonial movements, then through emigration from many European countries, and recently through immigration as the predominant form of mobility in Europe.
MOVES aims to:
  1. contribute to the understanding of the so-called migration crisis by analysing the stories of migration told across different nations and cultures and in various media andexplaining the links between its historical roots and present-day cultural dynamics;
  2. train future experts in migration management;
  3. influence popular opinion to combat anti-immigrant sentiment.


MOVES will enable a new generation of experts gain the historical knowledge required to respond to future migration crises with innovative solutions. Their training will combine the study of historical and political developments with theanalysis of literature and related forms of fictional and non-fictional writing and will foster the transfer of new knowledge to non-academic audiences. Students will thus acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to intervene in current debates about global uncertainties and new worldwide challenges by building both on a fully historicised understanding of the past and on their own experience with mobility and collaboration across international teams.

Their training will enhance their competence in English (the language of tuition for all core elements of the programme, including the thesis) and their intellectual autonomy, preparing them to exercise leadership over future projects in academia and in society.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal | Project website


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: dmoves@letras.up.pt
For administrative issues
 - contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Office: sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5956
Director: Rui Carvalho Homem
Acronym: DMOVES
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of studies: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2019/2020
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • 3rd Cycle of Studies in Migration and Mode rnity: Historical and Cultural Challenges (180 ECTS credits)
  • Studies in Migration and Mode rnity: Historical and Cultural Challenges (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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