Lecture 'Humanitarian Borderwork and Unequal Mobility'

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Students, Employees
21-02-2020 from 10:00 to 11:30
Academieraadzaal, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development Studies in collaboration with CESSMIR
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Polly Pallister-Wilkins (University of Amstedam) will explore humanitarian responses to violent border politics and unequal mobility.

The lecture will show that when humanitarianism operates in response to violent borders and unequal mobility, borders are not erased but solidified in often new and unexpected ways. For instance, humanitarian rescue in the Mediterranean has enabled Europe to expand its border intervention capacity into international and Libyan waters. Alongside this humanitarian arguments are made for increasing European intervention in ‘Africa’ under modern ‘trust-funds’ aimed at curbing migration and reproducing long-running colonial practices. Meanwhile, humanitarianism ties the right and ability to move to particular forms of vulnerability and victimhood which has led to the emergence of new borders between the vulnerable and the strong and new forms of inequality challenging humanitarianism’s universal claims.