The current socio-political context is characterised by Brexit and Europe’s shoring up of borders in response to irregular migration via the Mediterranean, hyper-criminalisation of migrants, growth of corporate involvement in the management of migration, travel bans, rise of right-wing populism, racisms and xenophobic sentiments across much of the West, and rapid erosion of rights. At the same time, there are constantly new modes of solidarity and resistance emerging, which are also subject to state responses and controls. This event brings together scholars at various stages of their careers, third sector workers, and people with direct experience of immigration controls and borders to examine the theme of border harms from different substantive angles and theoretical perspectives. The idea of border harms encompasses the variety of ways that bordering practices produce harm and are interconnected with race and racisms.
The two-day symposium programme will be confirmed shortly. The keynote speakers are Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University)and Alpa Parmar (University of Oxford), and confirmed panellists include Frances Webber (Institute for Race Relations), Ben Hayes (Transnational Institute), Lorenzo Pezzani (Goldsmiths), and from the University of East London’s Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging: Gargi Bhattacharyya, Giorgia Doná, Nuria Targarona Rifa, Isabel Meier, and Georgi Wemyss.
There is money to help with transportation costs for people with experience of the immigration system, who come in from Greater London. Please email at [email protected] for further information.
For more information and free registration, see the Eventbrite page.