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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Conference: Under the Microscope: Global Citizenship, Immigration and the Refugee Crisis

6th July 2019, 09:00 to 16:30, Ustinov College, Dr Alison Jobe (Durham University), Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University), Dr Emma Hill (University of Edinburgh, UK)

The conference will engage in dialogue related to the challenges posed by the refugee crisis. It will explore how global citizenship values inform these challenges by analysing the intimate connection between discourse and knowledge production in the field of immigration and the refugee crisis.

Different perspectives will be offered in an attempt to understand the problem through historical and current understanding while focusing on the how these affect and are affected by changing regional socio-economic and political dynamics.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to promote the integration of everyday practices, culture and experience with discourses of knowledge production to challenge normative theory and how our understanding is informed by totalising belief systems. The conference will begin by tracing the historical understanding of membership politics emerging in the Middle Ages and its impact on framing our current knowledge production of immigration and the refugee crisis. The conference will then focus on how displacement and integration impact self-identity and the role of self-expression in understanding the formation and construction of identity

The focus will shift to asylum law and how it articulates identity formation. This will open up the topic to current research on the integration of refugees and the extent to which local governance of newly arrived refugees impacts experiences and processes of integration. Leading to discussions on devolution and its impact on shifting narratives of nationalism and citizenship and its potential to shape new forms of inclusion and exclusion. Subsequent dialogue will focus on how bordering practices and the politics of inclusion and exclusion inform our knowledge production and everyday practices. We hope to fill the gaps in our understanding by analysing the problem through different perspectives and attempting to create a dialogue between them.

Further details of the conference can be found here along with the programme.

Contact ustinov.conference@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.