The Provocations of Contemporary Refugee Migration: A Conference

Published: January 23rd, 2017

Category: Featured, News

March 16-17, 2017

The conference seeks to illuminate the ways in which the contemporary refugee “crisis” is composed of a number of intersecting dynamics, including the shaping of a European border regime, humanitarian interventionism, the erosion of asylum, the differentiation and criminalization of mobility, populist racial formations, neo-liberal segmentation of labor markets, and the role of emergency in the reshaping of sovereignty.

Schedule below.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Humanities Fund, the Center for European Studies’ Migration Program and the Center for African Studies


Thursday, March 16th at 6pm in the Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium
Alison Mountz, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfred Laurier University, Canada
Archipelagic sovereignty, geopolitics, and the death of asylum

Friday, March 17th from 9.00am to 5.00pm in Dauer 219

9.00am to 9.45am – Intro by Esther Romeyn

10.00am to 11.15am – Panel 1

  • Gregory Feldman, Political Anthropologist at Simon Frasier University, Canada
    • “We are people; we are parents; we have values”: Alternative sovereignties, undercover policing, the refugee “other”
  • William Walters, Political Scientist at Carlton University, Canada
    • Deportation, Infrastructure, Politics
  • Esther Romeyn, Cultural Historian at the University of Florida
    • The Boat is Full: The Provocations of a Metaphor.

11.30am to 12.45pm – Panel 2

  • Loren B. Landau, Director of the African Center for Migration & Society at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
    • Cartographies of Categorization, Coercion and Containment: The European Refugee Crisis and Shifting Sovereignties in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Abdoulaye Kane, Anthropologist at the University of Florida
    • Stuck in Transit: the Situation of African Refugees in North Africa and Turkey

2.00pm to 3.15pm – Panel 3

  • Maria Stoilkova, Anthropologist at the University of Florida
    • The spatial politics of marginality in the management of the refugee crisis in Bulgaria.
  • Piro Rexhepi, Political Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
    • Genealogies of Fortress Europe: Threatening and Threatened Muslims at the Frontiers of the European Union

3.30pm to 4.45pm – Panel 4

  • A. Katerina Rozakou, Anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • The Refugee “Crisis” in Lesvos: Bureaucracy in an EU border zone
  • Ayse Parla, Anthropologist at Sabanci University, Turkey
    • Hope, Migration Governance and the Political

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