2 April 2020 from 15:00 to 18:00

CANCELLED: Public launch Migration and Societal Change

Due to the Coronavirus, the launch will be postponed until a date yet to be determined.

We are very excited to publicly launch the new Focus Area Migration and Societal Change on the 2nd of April with you. The focus area provides a platform for researchers at Utrecht University working on migration and related societal transformations and with stakeholders in the wider society.

When: 2 April 2020: 15.00-17.00 (with drinks afterwards)
Where: De Zalen van Zeven, Boothstraat 7, Utrecht


15.00 Opening by Prof. dr. Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus Utrecht University

15.15 Keynote lecture ‘Migration and settlement in an age of crises’ by Professor Nando Sigona (Prof. in International Migration and Forced Displacement & Director of IRiS (Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham)

16.15 Panel discussion with Professor Sandra PonzanesiProfessor Ajay BaileyProfessor Paul Minderhoud, Elena Valbusa (Incluusion) and Jan Braat (municipality of Utrecht)

17.00 Drinks

Abstract keynote Nando Sigona

We seem to be moving from crisis to crisis. Financial, humanitarian, environmental, migration, border, security, political, energy, ‘crisis’ is employed as a framing device to describe the world we live in and, in so doing, shapes how we perceive events and circumstances that occur, and defines how we respond to them.

The argument I will propose in this talk is divided in three parts. First, in the EU, particularly since the so-called ‘migration crisis’, migration is a primary example of how the ‘crisis’ frame works and its enabling and disabling capabilities. The EU and its member states govern migration through crisis.

However, the emergence of far right movements across Europe, I will argue in the second part, shows also a different side to this relationship. Migration and migrants can be weaponised to produce moral panic that, in turn, produces and legitimises a politics of ‘crisis’. Politicians such as Nigel Farage in the UK and Matteo Salvini in Italy are primary examples (but there are plenty more in Europe and across the Atlantic) of producing crisis through migration.

In the final part of the talk the focus will shift to the effects of the nexus between crisis and migration on European society and how it shapes the settlement processes of those who are constructed as ‘migrants’.

Start date and time
2 April 2020 15:00
End date and time
2 April 2020 18:00