White Rose Workshop, March 3 2017, University of Leeds, UK

Publish Date: Jan 30, 2017

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

White Rose workshop

The White Rose Research Network on Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security invites papers/presentations for its spring 2017 workshop taking place Friday March 3 2017, University of Leeds.

(For abstract submission, please email your abstract to Deirdre Conlon at D.Conlon@leeds.ac.uk, by Wednesday 1st February, 5pm GMT)

Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security

European countries are facing serious security and humanitarian challenges amidst unprecedented levels of forced migration. The response, from the EU and beyond, has been characterised by a tension. On one hand, we see increasingly exclusionary policies, a failure in solidarity and a retreat from the Union. On the other, we see calls for ever greater co-operation on matters of security, counter-terrorism and border control. The language of crisis and novelty is used by actors from all sides to invoke the multiple ‘new’ (in)securities that are being generated by current migration – from the vulnerabilities of refugees to mobile terrorist threats. It is the case, however, that the current crisis is re-posing longstanding and intractable political, social and ethical problems relating to (in)security. Indeed, the claim that Europe’s migration and security crisis is entirely new must be treated critically.

Workshop #1 theme: Experiencing (in)securities

Date and location: Friday 3 March 2017, School of Geography,University of Leeds

Call for papers:

This workshop builds from the premise that the experience of migration produces inherent vulnerabilities: from physically perilous journeys and exposure to exploitative criminality, to precarious living conditions and desperate survival strategies. It is also the case, however, that the governing of migration in the name of security and humanitarianism ‘crisis’ generates (in)securities in turn. The field is characterised by multiple initiatives from various authorities that seek to distinguish, first, between different kinds of mobility, but also to intervene on lives to create recognisable and tractable subjects. These initiatives shape the experience of migrants in Europe, of course, but also spiral into and out from the European context. That is, the ‘new’ relationship between security and mobility within the current crisis is re-articulating long-standing social, economic and cultural divisions in Europe and beyond.

This workshop is motivated by a concern to understand and document what is both new and enduring about the lived (in)securities being experienced within the contemporary migration/security context. Questions to be examined may include (but are not limited to):

• How is (in)security experienced, embodied and expressed by migrant subjects?
• What is the role and significance of ‘intermediaries’ (e.g. government, civil society, private actors including labour market intermediaries, and others) in shaping lived experiences of (in)security?
• What social, cultural, and ethical dilemmas and demands accompany interventions seeking to mitigate migrant insecurity?
• Who and what are the networks and flows of knowledge related to lived (in)securities?

The workshop is particularly interested in papers that examine the social, political and ethical dynamics of knowledge production within the crisis and how the research community can best generate knowledge about, with and for people affected by the migration crisis.

A one day workshop held at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. Ticket includes admission to the workshop, and refreshments throughout the day.

Confirmed Keynote speakers include: Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

For abstract submission, please email your abstract to Deirdre Conlon at D.Conlon@leeds.ac.uk, by Wednesday 1st February, 5pm GMT. For general event enquiries please contact geography@leeds.ac.uk.

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