Contemporary politics, spaces, and ethics of refuge II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Patricia Ehrkamp, Alison Mountz, Cetta Mainwaring
Chairs: Matthew Sparke


We are living in an era of ‘travel bans’, the rise of far right political movements, the fortification of borders, the de facto dismantling of the international refugee regime, mass detention of migrants, and a variety of other anti-immigrant, exclusionary policies. In this context, migration scholars confront heightened professional, ethical, and political challenges. For instance, scholars face an increased responsibility to unearth and make known truths about migration, humanizing migrants and educating policy makers and the population to counteract xenophobia. At the same time, scholars must grapple with the fact that documenting migration practice, thereby rendering it legible to the State, poses potential danger to vulnerable populations who are seeking refuge or survive by being ‘undocumented’. Scholars enter into this fray and must contend with what and how to make visible while also working to protect safe havens and spaces of refuge. Broader questions also arise as to our responsibility as academics. Is it enough to write academic articles? How do we, individually and collectively, move beyond our ivory towers, demonstrate solidarity with mobile populations, and effect positive change in our societies? This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to investigate the ethics and politics surrounding the study of migration and international relations. How do geographers and other scholars contend with, conceptualize, and navigate the political and ethical dimensions of shifting spaces of migration and refuge?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ileana I. Diaz*, University of Waterloo, Citizenship biopolitics: Puerto Rico-United States entanglements, race, and disaster mobilities 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Cynthia Gorman*, , Karen Culcasi, West Virginia University , The ‘Invasion and Colonization’ of West Virginia: An Analysis of Anti Syrian-Refugee Discourses and Rural Resentment in the Mountain State 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Patricia Ehrkamp*, University of Kentucky, Anna J Secor, University of Kentucky, Jenna M Loyd, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Troubled sanctuary: Mental health in the resettlement of refugees in the U.S. 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Alison Mountz*, Wilfrid Laurier University, From soldiers to refugee claimants: US war resister migration to Canada and the search for safe haven 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Martina Tazzioli 20 11:20 AM

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