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28.09.2019 12:48 Alter: 18 days

Postcoloniality and Forced Migration


Call for Papers

Theme: Postcoloniality and Forced Migration
Subtitle: Displacement, Protection and Control
Type: Interdisciplinary Workshop
Institution: Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg University
Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
Date: 11.–13.12.2019
Deadline: 13.10.2019


From Martin Lemberg-Pedersen <lemberg@cgs.aau.dk>


For decades, European and other Western governments have responded to
the occurrence of displacement with a focus on more restrictive
immigration and border policies, interspersed with humanitarian
appeals to aid in regions of origin and limited relocation and
resettlement of refugees. Recent times have also witnessed the
renaissance of attempts to externalize or “stretch” migration control
beyond their national territories, and the application of
humanitarian scripts to naval search and rescue as well as to violent
interdiction and pull-back practices. These transnational
developments have been accompanied by the blurring of public and
private interests in migration management, so that actors from the
weapons-, security-, IT- and consultancy industries feature more
prominently in the multi-leveled governance of displacement, the
various aspects of which has emerged as profitable transnational
markets themselves.

This workshop is premised on the need to engage with these
developments from an interdisciplinary, postcolonial perspective. The
aim is to bring together scholarship on borders, forced migration,
political theory, with critical research on humanitarianism,
colonialism and slavery. This interdisciplinarity is seen as urgently
needed in order to unsettle and counter “presentist”, nation-centric
and securitized labels, figures, and myths of difference, which
characterize the dominant Western epistemologies and practices
concerning displacement. This also includes critically deconstructing
and examining liberal theory, through the prism of insider theory,
its structural exclusions and postcolonial blind spots, and the
relationship between feasibility claims and geopolitics and
ideologies of nationalism and settler colonialism. Thus, the workshop
seeks to establish interdisciplinary dialogues with the aim of
rehistoricizing and repoliticizing the study of displacement politics
by questioning parallel logics, social hierarchies, geopolitics,
policy transfers and temporal arcs between between past and present.

Contributions for the workshop can include, but are not limited to:

- Postcolonial analyses of the evolution and logics of humanitarian
 migration control
- Actors and interests in the extraction, ordering and
 commodification of data about displaced populations past and/or
 present.
- Human rights and naval border controls in the Atlantic, Caribbean
 and Indian Oceans in current/colonial times
- Indian removal policy in the US
- Theoretical and/or case-based analyses of colonial reconcentration,
 incarceration and detention practices
- Subjectivity and agency in response to current/colonial
 displacement governance
- The role of colonial spatial imagination in European, Australian
 and American externalization politics
- Discussions of displacement practices, dynamics and markets in
 current and/or colonial institutions
- The representation of violence and displacement in current and/or
 colonial media outlets
- Markets of displacement management and control
- The role of racialization and deracination in current and/or
 colonial displacement politics
- Feasibility and idealism in postcolonial immigration ethics
- Structural exclusion in liberal theorizing on immigration

This focused workshop will last 2,5 day and is hosted by Global
Refugee Studies, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus. Confirmed
keynotes include: Sharla Fett, Phillip Cole, Roseanne Adderly and
Lucy Mayblin. Accepted speakers are expected to prepare a draft
paper, and will be assigned a paper to comment, in order to
facilitate discussions, and a possible joint publication based on the
workshop theme. Limited funding for travel and accommodation is
available for younger scholars otherwise unable to participate.

Call for abstract deadline: October 13, 2019.
Expected answers to participation: October 21, 2019.

Abstracts, short bios and motivation for travel support, should be
sent to: lemberg@cgs.aau.dk

Host:
Global Refugee Studies (GRS)
Department of Politics and Society
Aalborg University

Address:
Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus

Convener:
Dr. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, Assistant Professor
Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg University


Contact:

Dr. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen
Global Refugee Studies
Department of Politics and Society
Aalborg University
Phone: +45 53503069
Email: lemberg@cgs.aau.dk