Invitation to Moving boundaries: Conference at Global Refugee Studies

Invitation to Moving boundaries: Conference at Global Refugee Studies

What boundaries in and beyond Europe move us and how? How can we expand our thinking about national borders in refugee and conflict studies? What role do cities in the Global South play in structuring mobility, economies and conflict?

Time

02.11.2016 kl. 09.00 - 16.30

Description

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  • What boundaries in and beyond Europe move us and how?
  • How can we expand our thinking about national borders in refugee and conflict studies?
  • What role do cities in the Global South play in structuring mobility, economies and conflict?

Come and discuss these issues and others at the conference "Moving boundaries: New directions in conflict and refugee research” at Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg Universitet København - AAU CPH on 2.11.2016. Danish and international scholars will present and discuss their research with the audience.

The conference will end with a roundtable, organized with DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, debating urban citizenship and social justice in major cities in the Global South, where millions of urban refugees live. 

The conference is free and open to all but please register with zacharyw@cgs.aau.dk

The conference focus on boundaries responds to the centrality of borders in recent debates on the refugee crisis, but also seeks to at once expand and problematize the concept. Borders are critical features of modern political landscapes, but this makes it all the more important that migration research does not simply repeat empirical categories as analytical ones. By invoking the term “moving boundaries”, we seek to highlight the impermanence of boundaries, the fact that they move and are moved by people as well as the affective dimensions of boundaries as both belonging and longing. In this understanding, boundaries are defined both by that which they enclose and by the manner in which they enclose it. Boundaries are not uniform and never impermeable or even permanent; rather they are nodal, fractured and moving. Boundaries are not simply a line separating polities but evoke sentiments of hope and fear, as they are produced, transgressed and forcefully maintained. Perhaps we may best think of boundaries as problematic spatial and temporal liminality – a liminality that needs to be addressed and curbed but also a liminality that engenders new social, economic and political possibilities. 

Understanding boundaries and their implications for politics and policy calls for an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the interfaces between human rights, conflict, migration and refugee studies. To achieve this aim, the conference opens up themes of borders, affect, and liminality through sets of two papers (25-30 min) and a combined response (10 min) to the papers to promote discussion across empirical, analytical and disciplinary boundaries. There will be time for questions (20-30 min) after each set.

The conference culminates in a roundtable session, where leading Danish actors working with refugee and conflict issues will discuss the importance of cities in the global south and what happens if we place these cities at the center of our thinking about refugees.


Program

9:00-9:15 Introduction (Steffen Bo Jensen, Global Refugee Studies, AAU) 
9:15-10:45 Papers: Amanda Hammar (African Studies, KU), "Displacement economies" and Loren B. Landau (Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand), "Shunning Solidarity: Durable Solutions in Precarious Urban Spaces". Respondent Simon Turner (AMIS, KU)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Papers: Alice Elliot (Anthropology, University of Bristol), "Forceful hope: The boundaries of "forced migration” in North Africa" and Hans Lucht (DIIS). Respondent: Sara Lei Sparre (Cultural Encounters, RUC)
 12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:45 Papers: Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Global Refugee Studies, AAU), "'The European leaders are not sincere!': Issue-linkages, appeasement and systemic risks in EU/Turkish refugee policy"; and Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University), "Post-deportation". Respondent: Henrik Vigh (Anthropology, KU)
14:45-15:00 Break 
15:00-16:30  Roundtable with Jytte Agerskov (Geography, KU), Christian Boehm (Danish Refugee Council), Morten Lynge (Plan Danmark), Henrik Rønsbo (DIGNITY), Michael Ulfstjerne (Global Refugee Studies, AAU)

 

Host

Global Refugee Studies, Department of Culture and Global Studies

Address

A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København

Register at

zacharyw@cgs.aau.dk

Contact

Contact

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Phone: +45 9940 9208
Email: contact@cgs.aau.dk 

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