VI Escapes Conference – #escapes2020
Reappraising the Governance of Migration and Asylum
Resistance and Action at Times of Ambivalence and Uncertainties
Università degli studi di Milano, 25-26 June 2020
Paper proposals should address one of these thematic strings and will be subsequently organized into consecutive series of panels.
1) Understanding the present. The origin of institutes, practices and dispositives
a) From securitisation to criminalisation
b) Collaboration with ‘third-countries’; politics of control of the Eu external borders and border enforcement of the Eu internal borders; institutional definitions of safe countries (of origin and transit); readmissions, repatriations, deportations
c) Effectiveness or delegitimisation of the right to asylum; institutional dispositives and informal practices for partitioning between asylum seekers and economic migrants; obstacles and limits of the rights to asylum; political agreements on relocation
2) Resistances, practices, actions
a) Perspectives on political actions and solidarity; activism; humanitarian reasons; volunteering and aid relationships
b) Forms of resistance and struggles carried on by asylum seekers and refugees (both on a social and on an individual level) in order to enact their migratory projects and their aspirations
c) Public discourse, hegemonic discourse; institutional racism; new and old right movements; anti-migration movements; media discourse
d) The role of arguments and of legal instruments in political paths and in migrants’ rights activism; the right as an instrument of political action from below
3) Looking at “shadow zones”
a) The governing of poverty; moral economies; financial-humanitarianism, data extraction and data circulation
b) Disciplining (through) the bodies; formal and informal practices of inclusion and containment; process of illegalisation
c) Documenting, analysing and dealing with forms of violence in forced migration; intersectional gender, sex, race, culture and class oppressions.
4) Refugee Hosting/ refugees seeking hosting in populist Europe
a) Relationships between hosting systems (in Italy and in other European countries), securitarian logics and logics of control; the impact of normative frames and reforms; experimentation of alternative hosting systems
b) Transformations in the practices of hosting; the role of the institutes of protection and workers under pressure, difficulties and attempts of social innovation; personal and collective re-elaborations and lived experiences in hosting contexts
c) The impacts of the hosting mechanisms or of the lack of hosting on the processes of inclusion and participation of refugees; longitudinal analysis of refugees’ biographical paths (even through self- ethnography)
This call for paper is addressed to individual or collective contributions with a theoretical, empirical or narrative angle. Researchers, social workers, professionals, stakeholders, activists, institutions, NGOs, migrants and refugees’ communities, artists, photographers and documentarists who would like to present their work as a scientific contribution, or as a visual narrative or in other forms, are encouraged to participate.
Proposals are welcome both in English and in Italian. The language to be used on each panel will be communicated later on, on the basis of the selected contributions.
In order to submit a proposal for the conference, you need to send an abstract (no longer than 500 words), a short CV (5 sentences), affiliation, contact, address and the thematic panel stream. Every thematic panel stream will then organise the selected proposals in different consecutive panels.
Abstracts should be sent by March 30, 2020, – in MS Word or equivalent format – to firstname.lastname@example.org , putting “SURNAME_stringa X” both in the subject line and in the filename.
Carlo Caprioglio, Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Luca Ciabarri, Emanuela Dal Zotto, Francesco Ferri, Elena Fontanari, Lucia Gennari, Letizia Mancini, Chiara Marchetti, Monica Massari, Barbara Pinelli, Martina Tazzioli, Andrea Tomaso Torre.