an event organised by the UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT: FORMS AND LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE research cluster, part of its project on ‘Contesting Britain at War’
The “Refugee Crisis”
Whose crisis is it? Where is it?
What’s ethically and politically at stake?
Thursday 12 May: 17:00-19:30
City Campus, University of Brighton, Boardroom, M2, Grand Parade
The symposium seeks to contest Eurocentric assumptions behind this “crisis” by developing a conceptual critique of “the refugee” and situating the current “refugee crisis” in broader historical and geopolitical frameworks of imperial wars, neoliberal economic interventions and displacement. We believe that this form of critique is necessary for any viable transnational political solidarity and humanitarian action.
Frances Webber (Vice-chair, Institute of Race Relations, UK): Refugees and the crisis of values in Europe
Nicholas de Genova (Urban Geography, King’s College London): The “European” Question: Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality
Andrew Arsan (Middle East & World History, University of Cambridge): The Refugee Crisis: a Historical Perspective from Middle East Studies
Louise Purbrick (Art History & Material Culture, University of Brighton): The Politics of Representing Refugees: Image and Word
PROGRAMME: 1 hour of individual presentations, 15 mins. each, followed by roundtable discussion with the audience
THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILINGI.Sinclair2@brighton.ac.uk
This event is part of the MARS sponsored Refugee Month.