17 Mar

“We Are All Refugees”

This presentation draws on my co-authored paper with Efad Huq to relationally theorize realities of those living in informal settlements and in camps in the era of intensified global displacements. We organize this relational analytical conversation around three themes: experiential to highlight the precarious relationship of the two groups to citizenship and place, what we …
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14 Mar

Die Impfung – ein knappes Gut?

„Niemand ist sicher, bevor wir alle sicher sind“, warnen internationale Organisationen vor dem allerorts aufgekommenen Impfnationalismus. Denn mit den nun verfügbaren Covid-Impfstoffen stellen sich neue drängende Fragen: Wer bestimmt, welche Länder und Bevölkerungsgruppen überhaupt Zugang zu einem Impfstoff erhalten? Brauchen wir eine globale Impfstrategie, um den Wettlauf gegen die Ausbreitung von Mutationen zu gewinnen? Welche Lehren können wir aus früheren Pandemien und der Geschichte von Impfungen ziehen?
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23 Feb

A Short History of Prison Noise: The 1902 Brygidki Unrest and the Agency of Criminal Prisoners in Habsburg Lemberg

Noise can be understood as sonic violence and analysed as a central means of communication during the recurring prison riots in the early 20th-century Habsburg Empire. For both prison administrators and state-appointed public prosecutors, silence was synonymous with discipline and order. This definition gave criminal prisoners an opportunity to bargain silence in exchange for legally …
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18 Feb

Democratic Vistas, Autocratic Specters: Must We Reinvent Democracy?

Since the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, there no longer can be any doubt that liberal democracy is under attack. For at least a decade, one liberal-democratic state after another has begun to face pushback – and in many cases take-over – by illiberal populists committed to authoritarian rule. The specter …
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28 Jan

Imperial Entanglements: Rethinking Modernity with and beyond Zygmunt Bauman

University of Leeds, 21/22 and 28/29 January, 2021, 4pm (GMT)   An open-to-the-public online lecture series co-hosted by the Bauman Institute and the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (University of Leeds), together with the Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Publics Network (PIN)  One of the most prominent and influential intellectuals of our times, Zygmunt Bauman …
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26 Jan

Putin’s Memory War. Russia’s Battles over the History of World War II

In the past decade, memory politics has become greatly contested. Russia under Putin launched a major propaganda offensive ahead of the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II (8 May in the rest of the world, 9 May in Russia), aiming to fight the “falsifications” of war history by the West, and to deny …
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20 Jan

The Coloniality of Migration

Refugees and migrants are often studied as though they have no relation to the racial and class structures and histories of the societies in which they reside. They are taken to be external strangers to be governed by ‘integration’ policy and border management.  I begin from the suggestion that migration, and in particular forced migration, …
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21 Dec

Innovative Methods of Research in Migration & Refugee Studies

Ayse Caglar IWM Permanent Fellow; Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna Sandro Mezzadra Professor, Department of the Arts, University of Bologna Giorgio Grappi Research Fellow, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna Moderation: Lydia Potts University Lecturer, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg; Coordinator, Working Group Migration – Gender – …
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16 Dec

Refugee Sponsorship: Will Civil Society Keep Stepping Up?

For more than 40 years, groups of Canadians have raised funds and offered their time to support over 325,000 refugee newcomers through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP). In 2020, planned numbers for private refugee sponsorship (20,000) in Canada were double the number of government-assisted refugees to be resettled. Based on an original qualitative …
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17 Nov

Narrative Making in the European Capital

As great power competition increasingly spills over into the information space, a compelling European narrative has become a geopolitical imperative. Europe finds itself in a battle of narratives between democracies and authoritarian regimes that cannot be decided on the basis of facts alone. To resist populist and autocratic forces, the European Union needs to communicate in …
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