The focus on westward mobilities and the aftermath of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ expanded the Eurocentric interpretation of migratory movements and their consequences both for the populations on the move and the host societies.
Such Eurocentric assertion can be traced in media and political discourse, but it also pervades the very notion of mobility in terms of its linearity, temporality and trajectory. By employing a global, cross-pollinating perspective rather than a strictly Eurocentric approach, the conference “Global implications of migratory movements: Human mobility beyond the Eurocentric perspective” aims to provide a platform that questions, critiques, counters and deconstructs the assumptions and essentialisms of the Western gaze towards the migrant-Other and, at a wider scale, towards the phenomenon of migration itself. This international conference seeks to synthesize knowledge and experience gained by the vastly different forced displacements around the globe’. Rather than compare them, we are encouraging a context-specific understanding of how to mitigate the long-standing challenges that seem to come with migratory influxes.
This ‘On Campus’ event deals with questions, such as how migratory pressure is framed by narratives of Security, Rights and Fears; how technologies shape transnational movements of people, or how we can critically address the diversity of human flows to provide global solutions. Therefore, this conference aims to facilitate discussions that circumvent the interjection between different social and legal categories of migration by building a ‘global agenda’ with professionals, experts, NGOs and policy makers from an interdisciplinary approach.
We welcome abstracts on this topic that enhance academic and public debate but also yield policy-relevant outcomes. Moreover, we encourage contributions taking a context-specific understanding of how to handle long-standing challenges that occur with migratory influxes.