The #escapes2020 conference has been postponed until 2021
due to COVID-19 outbreak
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
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 ; law as an instrument of political action from below.
3) Looking at the “shadow zones”
a) The governing of poverty; moral economies; financial-humanitarianism and data
b) Disciplining (through) the bodies; formal and informal practices of inclusion and
containment; process of illegalization.
c) Documenting, analysing and dealing with forms of violence in forced migration; intersectional gender, sex, race, culture and class oppressions.
4) Refugee Hosting in Europe’s sovereignisms
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 hosting practices; the role of protecting institutions 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 on the processes of inclusion and participa-
tion of refugees; longitudinal analysis of refugees’ biographical paths (even through
This call for paper is addressed to individual or collective contributions with a theoreti-
cal, empirical or narrative angle. Researchers, social workers, professionals, stakehold-
ers, activists, institutions, NGOs, migrants and refugees’ communities, artists, photog-
raphers and documentarists who would like to present their work as a scientific contri-
bution, 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 April 30, 2020, – in word or equivalent format – to email@example.com , 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.