[lg policy] Fwd: SOCIAL-POLICY Digest - 16 Apr 2016 to 17 Apr 2016 (#2016-79)

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Mon Apr 18 08:05:38 UTC 2016

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Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers


Date:    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 02:46:32 -0500
From:    Roberta Marzorati <roberta.marzorati at GMAIL.COM>
Subject: REMINDER Panel for Escapes Annual Conference (Bari, Italy 23rd -24th June 
2016) “The refugee crisis and the challenges to the ‘European space’ from the 
perspective of civil society: solidarity initiatives and protests in dispersal and 
transit localities.”

Dear colleagues,

the deadline for the third ESCAPES Annual Conference *“Europa e migrazioni forzate. 
Quale futuro per le politiche europee? Quali forme e pratiche di resistenza?” 
(“Europe and forced migration. Which future for European polices? What forms and 
practices of resistance?”) is on **April 18th*. The conference will take place in 
Bari (Italy) on June 23rd and 24th 2016.

If you feel you would like to send a paper proposal please forward it to the 
organizers and to us, as indicated below.


Panel Proposal for the Conference *“Europa e migrazioni forzate Quale futuro per le 
politiche europee? Quali forme e pratiche di resistenza?” Third ESCAPES Annual 
Conference - Bari, 23rd -24th June 2016.*

Title: *“The refugee crisis and the challenges to the ‘European space’ from the 
perspective of civil society: solidarity initiatives and protests in dispersal and 
transit localities.”*


Michela Semprebon, Post-doc Research Fellow, Alma Mater University of Bologna, 
Faculty of Political Science and Sociology

michela.semprebon at gmail.com

Roberta Marzorati, Post-doc Research Fellow, Università di Milan-Bicocca, Department 
of Sociology and Social Research
roberta.marzorati at gmail.com

With the so-called “refugee crisis”, the "European space" and its borders have been 
increasingly questioned: from existing ones, to those that will result out of the 
continuous enlargement process, to those that some Member States are  ready to 
protect through stricter “controls”, while calling for a revision of the Schengen 
agreement. This challenges the core founding principles of the European Union, as a 
project, including first and foremost the freedom of internal movement.

In this scenario the idea of Europe is challenged also by civil society in both 
dispersal localities, where migrants are distributed, and in transit localities, 
where they travel to cross borders and get often “trapped”. Protests and racist 
episodes have been spreading in smaller and larger towns and cities in European 
countries and in countries that are candidates to EU membership. At the same time 
forms of solidarity have been organised to provide assistance to migrants.

The media have been constantly reporting on the refugee crisis and the reactions of 
civil society, although much more attention has been given to protests than 
solidarity initiatives, at least as far as Italy is concerned. The increased 
visibility of this humanitarian disaster has been stimulating political intense 
debates within the European Union, that have largely resulted in an emergency 
approach, with focus on migrants’ dispersal and redistribution quotas and on 
strengthening borders’ controls. Within academia, research has been growing on the 
various dimensions of asylum. Yet, little investigations have been carried out, to 
date, with specific attention to civil society and hardly any analysis is available, 
to the authors’ knowledge, that tries to compare EU countries and/or EU and candidate 

This panel proposes to reflect on protests against and solidarity actions towards 
asylum seekers and refugees, at a local level; actors involved in such initiatives; 
discoursive narratives that develop around them; the extent to which they are turned 
into claims to policy-makers and can influence local, national and EU policies of 
reception and asylum.

We invite contributions from both junior and senior scholars that have been 
researching on one or more of the following dimensions of civil society’s actions in 
the context of the refugee crisis:

• individual and/or collective actions by civil society, including solidarity 
initiatives towards asylum seekers and refugees (bottom-up mobilisations, advocacy 
actions, reception projects and networks, such as “Rifugiati in famiglia”, in Parma 
(Italy), “Refugees Welcome” in Germany)  and/or forms of protests and racist episodes 
(attacks to reception centres, protests by far-right movements), their rationale and 
the discoursive narratives around them, with reference to reception, dispersal, 
transit and more generally asylum policy at a local, national and EU level;

• trans-border solidarity initiatives in support of migrants (such as those in 
Calais, at the border with Austria); how they challenge EU borders; to what extent 
they have contributed to forms of “contamination” resulting in cross-borders actions;

• the agency of asylum seekers and refugees in the contexts of these initiatives or 
other initiatives (such as “Lampedusa in Berlin”);

• protests against asylum seekers and refugees, in a given locality, and protests by 
asylum seekers and refugees themselves (based on the violation of basic human 
rights), in the same locality; and the discoursive narratives around them;

• the influence of either solidarity initiatives or protests or both on public 
interventions, at local level, in terms of reception, and at the wider national and 
EU level in terms of challenging the current policies.

The panel will consist in a 10-minutes introduction by the chairs, followed by a 
20-minutes presentation by four presenters, ideally from different EU and candidate 
countries, to conclude with 30 minutes of open discussion.

Paper proposals should be sent, in word or equivalent format, to 
migrazioniforzate at unimi.it  <migrazioniforzate at unimi.it>and to 
michela.semprebon at gmail.com by April 18th 2016. The object of the email should be 
“Surname_Panel n. 13”. The paper should not exceed 5000 characters in total. Besides 
a brief bio of the author/s must be included (maximum 1000 characters for each author).

This is the link to the call for paper proposals:
http://users2.unimi.it/escapes/escapes-2016/escapes-2016-call-for-papers/ Do not 
hesitate to contact us or the organisers for any further question. Please note that 
the conference will be in Italian, while our panel welcomes English-speaking 
presenters too (for whom an Italian translation will be organised where required).

Roberta Marzorati

Visiting scholar CONACYT
Colegio de la Frontera Norte de Tijuana
Departamentos de Estudios Culturales
Tijuana, Mexico

Research Fellow
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Milan, Italy

tel. +52 5519335183
skype: roberta.marzorati


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