Lecture: From 'acts of compassion' to protest? Volunteers and their relation to social activism in the British and French refugee support charities

(25-10-2019) Public lecture on refugee-supporting volunteers’ negotiation of boundaries between humanitarian action and social activism by Prof. Pierre Monforte (University of Leicester, UK)

Lecture: From 'acts of compassion' to protest? Volunteers and their relation to social activism in the British and French refugee support charities

  

In the context of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, charities and grass-roots groups have developed across Europe to organise acts of compassion and solidarity with refugees. Especially since the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015, informal networks based on new forms of engagement (e.g. donating, hosting, and volunteering in refugee camps abroad) emerged and rapidly gained visibility. 

This talk draws on an ongoing research project exploring the frames of compassion and solidarity and examines how volunteers based in the UK and in France negotiate the boundaries between humanitarian action and social activism throughout their experience.

Pierre Monforte is an Associate Professor of Political Sociology at Leicester Univ​ersity. His research focuses primarily on civil society and social movements, with a particular emphasis on movements of migrants. He has written numerous articles on this topic in key journals such as ‘Citizenship Studies’ and the ‘British Journal of Sociology’. ​

 

Date: 05/11/2019 - 7.30 PM

Place: De Krook ('De Blauwe Vogel'), Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent

 

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