CFP| Borders, migration crisis
Workshop | CCGES Transatlantic Forum 2013
York University, Toronto, Nov 29/30 2013
Borders and migration are often linked to crises in multiple ways. Current discussions about the partial reintroduction of border controls in the EU, for example, are linked to the Euro-crisis — they are reactions to an economic crisis and accompanied by blame-shifting on migrant others and a different scale of governance. They also draw on discourses of crisis — a »crisis of immigration« or of the asylum system in the EU. They represent a politically and discursively created crisis.
They are linked to political upheavals around the Mediterranean. They can be viewed as a multiple humanitarian crisis — in the countries of origin, on the transit routes like the Mediterranean and in the migrant detention centres across the EU. And finally, they are linked to a manufactured »crisis of multiculturalism« in some EU countries.
Such connections do not only exist in the EU, but they characterise much of migration and border policy across the world, in North America as much as in the EU and Africa.
In this workshop, we would like to explore these different connections between crisis, migration and borders, both in current examples and their genealogies. A special focus will be on comparisons between the German/European and North American settings.
We welcome expressions of interest and abstracts with a deadline of Oct 20th. We have some funding for participants from Germany, but very limited funding available for North American participants. The workshop is organised at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University, Toronto. Contact John Kannankulam (Marburg/York, john.kannankulam@Staff.Uni-Marburg.de) and Ulrich Best (York, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The annual Transatlantic Forum workshops at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies are designed to bring together interdisciplinary and international groups of scholars and to enable research on a wide range of topics in current German and European studies.