Crisis in Slow motion: the stubborn habits of migration

seminar_30916As part of the MCH Seminar series, our next event is on Wednesday, November 30, 1pm – 3pm, G.22 Politics Building, Newcastle University. (Lunch available from 12.30pm in the Politics Staff Common Room.)

Hosted in cooperation with Politics, for this seminar we are delighted to welcome Dr Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast).

Crisis in Slow motion: the stubborn habits of migration

This paper contests the temporal ordering of crisis and emergency that framed EU migration during the summer of 2015 and continues to shape official responses to the supposed ‘weakening’ of Europe’s borders.

Focusing specifically on arrival and reception experiences on the Greek island of Kos, this paper thinks with and alongside the encounters that are occluded by dominant crisis-framings in government, policy, media and activist circles. It begins by exploring the mundane actions, daily habits and embodied rhythms of simply getting on in the midst of a crisis – the stubborn and often indifferent acts of living, persisting and moving despite the claim of emergency.

Of particular interest here are the everyday human / non-human relations that persist in repetitive acts of daily living (e.g. washing, eating, playing) as well as the complex relationships that people on the move have with objects (e.g. backpacks, smartphones). Focusing on these embodied and material relations is one way to visualize not only the rich, vibrant agencies that persist in and through moments of crisis, but also the non-spectacular moments of solidarity, care and circulation that contest dominant modes of abjection and rescue.

The seminar is free and is open to all interested in attending. No need to book.