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28 May 2018

28 May 2018

GRS’ Martin Lemberg-Pedersen participated in the DIIS’ seminar on ’Asyl og migrationspolitisk krise’ (Crises of asylum- and migration policies).

Martin’s talk was on postcolonial refugee and migration research focussing on normativity, forgotten expulsions, border control, realism and idealism in refugee studies – and politics.  Martin discusses the paradigm change in refugee politics from the question of “would these policies work?” to now, where it is about limitations and confinement asking the question “would it have an effect? Will there then be fewer asylum seekers?”

Martin talks about the multidisciplinary research field, where refugee studies is in a landscape formed by both ideology and practice – and it is full of dilemmas. From postcolonial and applied ethical perspectives, Martin Lemberg-Pedersen discusses how feasible normative policy seeks to create "realistic utopia" and problematizes the assumption that restrictive nationalist asylum policy is more realistic than liberal cosmopolitan politics.

Watch the entire seminar here

Watch Martin’s talk here


Want to know more?

► Read more about Martin Lemberg-Pedersen here 

Interested in reading more about Europe´s attempts to externalize border control? Read Lemberg-Pedersen´s work on the EurAfrican borderscapes, outsourcing to Libya, the European arms industry´s export of control equipment, and the reconfiguration of the EU/Turkish border system:

► Book chapter (2016) Effective protection or effective combat? EU Border Control and North Africa

► Book chapter (2015) Between asylum and security. Reconfigurations in the EU/Turkish borderscapes

► Book chapter (2015) Losing the right to have right. EU Externalization of Border Control

► Book chapter (2013) Private Security Companies and the EU Borderscapes 

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