Committee Room 3, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX
This one-day conference will explore the multiple and contradictory links between migration and crisis in relation to questions of borders, politics, labour and social reproduction. A key focus will be to confront the situation in Britain (and the event has been purposely scheduled to coincide with the UK general election campaign) with the wider situation in Europe - particularly the Mediterranean region.
'Crisis' is interpreted not simply in economic terms but as a broader idea that encompasses, for instance, the impact of recent political events in the Mediterranean region upon migration flows and the contemporaneous crisis of EU migration and border policies. Morever, 'crisis' is not just a label that describes a set of conjunctures but also functions as a powerful narrative device that frames our thinking of contemporary social phenomena.
The conference will be structured around a series of papers by international guest speakers and researchers at Middlesex University, followed by a roundtable discussion that will seek to reflect on the ways in which 'crisis' has shaped the ways in which migration is governed, experienced and understood.
09.15 Tea and coffee available
09.30 Welcome and brief introductions
Kevin McDonald and Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University)
09.45 Thinking through migration and crisis in contemporary Europe
Nick Dines, Nicola Montagna and Elena Vacchelli (Middlesex University)
10.15 Crisis, migration and the European borderland
Julien Jeandesboz (University of Amsterdam)
10.45 Permanent Exceptionality? (EU)ro-African Bordering practices in Ceuta and Melilla
Xavier Ferrer Gallardo (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
11.15 Tea and Coffee
11.45 Shifting 'borderscapes' and border narratives: reflections on the changing character of borders at the southeast margins of Europe
Panos Hatziprokopiou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
12.15 Migration and the 'crisis' of British identity: voices from the Right
Nicola Montagna, Jon Mulholland and Erin Sanders-McDonagh (Middlesex University)
13.45 Current research by members of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC)
'Large-scale European migration to the UK and the challenge to EU free movement in times of crisis' - Alessio D'Angelo and Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University)
'Irish highly qualified migrations: narrating 'success' in the context of economic crisis' - Louise Ryan (Middlesex University)
14.45 Tea and Coffee
15.00 Roundtable discussion: What migration and crisis?
With contributions from: Marthe Achtnich (Oxford University); Rutvica Andrijasevic (Bristol University); Anastasia Christou (Middlesex University); Don Flynn (Migrant Rights Network); Dominic Pasura (Middlesex University); and Enrica Rigo (University Roma Tre).
17.00 End of conference