Migration Cities: Lancaster and Greece
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The European refugee crisis today and the mass migration to America a century ago are separated by time and space, but they share common architectural strategies of accommodating new homes in old urban fabric. Lancaster’s 1920s melting pot, the Seventh Ward, was destroyed by urban renewal in the 1960s. By digitizing historical maps and US censuses, we reconstructed Lancaster’s diverse ethnic ward. We studied visual sources at the Lancaster Historical Society and collaborated with the African American Oral History Project. Just as migration transformed the American city in the early 20th century, it is transforming the European city in the 21st century in real time. During the last week of the project, we traveled to Athens and worked with Melissa Network, an NGO that focuses on migrant women. We hosted two workshops on the concept of home, where we discussed the domestic biographies of Iraqi, Afghani, and Syrian refugee women. This project was supported by funding from F&M's Hackman Summer Scholars Program.
Poster presented at the 2018 Autumn Research Fair at Franklin and Marshall College