CFP: Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe

Call for Papers

‘Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’

Warwick Symposium on the 09th of July 2015

The Institute of Advanced Study and The Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Key Note: Dr Nicholas De Genova

Organisation: Dr Maurice Stierl in cooperation with the ‘Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network’, Warwick University

In contemporary Europe, questions concerning the governance of migration and borders have become ever more pressing, dominating public discourses and concerns in European societies, EU member states and institutions. In recent years, a variety of parties and movements have emerged in different national contexts, riding the wave of growing anti-immigration sentiments (e.g. UKIP/UK, Pegida/Germany, Golden Dawn/Greece). Moreover, in 2014, the EU parliamentary elections pronounced a marked shift to the political right. In this climate of fear, particular individuals, groups and populations become marked as ‘threatening others’, often along racialised lines. At the same time, in a period of escalating conflicts in many regions of the world, we witness both an intensification of migration struggles over the ‘right to have rights’, as well as the brutalisation of European border governance and migration deterrence that result in thousands of fatalities every year.

The first ‘Warwick Symposium on Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’ seeks to bring together scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds located within and beyond Warwick University to explore how (anti-)migration movements and struggles may pose the ‘European Question’.

We invite empirically rich and/or theoretically innovative papers that might explore the following topics:

– Race and post-coloniality in the context of contemporary Europe

– EU border governance and citizenship

– Migrant and solidarity struggles

– Anti-immigrant movements and struggles in Europe

– Alternative imaginaries of Europe as a communal space

If you wish to present a paper at the symposium, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to this email address:, with the subject heading ‘Warwick Symposium 2015’ by the 10th of April 2015. We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Warwick and to receiving your papers.

Dr Maurice Stierl
Early Career Fellow,
University of Warwick