(UN) WELCOMING MIGRANTS, BORDER REGIMES AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: GLOBAL COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES (WCAA)

Panel Details

Format: hybrid

Short Abstract

COVID intensified the current racialized control of migration regimes across the globe, bringing to the fore recurring immigrants and refugees´ insurgencies to cross borders as well as strong social solidarity movements, including transnational campaigns favoring “regularization now” and the defense of “human rights”. How do we discern /understand comparatively the conjunction between these neoliberal securitization and criminalization policies restricting mobility, processes of (racialized and gender) dispossession, the role of social networks of support and communication guiding migratory paths (both of settlement in specific places and departure to other destinations), as well as the formation of social movements? In order to address these issues, this panel aims at bringing together researchers who have been studying migration and refuge in different continents. Grounded in ethnographic perspectives which attend to historical changes and questions of place, we seek to analyze comparatively the similarities and differences concerning the dialectical processes and relations among migration regimes, migrants and refugees´ social organization, resistance and insurgencies, the role of both social networks of support and communications as well of social solidarity movements.

Abstract

This panel, proposed by the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA), seeks to discern/ interpret comparatively the conjunction between the racialized and gendered control of migration governance across the globe and of border regimes as well as migrants and refugees´ insurgent attempts to cross territorial or maritime borders. While nation-states are eager to provide special visas for highly qualified professionals and investors, those trying to escape poverty, wars, climate crises or other conflicts and who find themselves in an undocumented situation, tend to be violently barred, imprisoned, repatriated, or deported. Covid 19 has exacerbated the ongoing neoliberal policies of securitization and criminalization as well as flexible labor and outsourcing, while bringing to light an escalating violence against the dispossessed, cornered on the border. At the same time, the pandemics has shown the significant roles of social networks of support and communication guiding migratory path of social solidarity movements in defense of human and mobility rights. While social movements have promoted transnational campaigns in favor of “regularization now” of migrants, there are places and countries in which solidarity and human rights have been criminalized How do we bring to light the relations between current securitization and criminalization policies restricting mobility, processes of (racialized and gender) dispossession, the role of social networks of support and communication guiding migratory paths (both of settlement in specific places and departure to other destinations), as well as the formation of social movements? Can we highlight social continuities and changes? Are there differences between migration and refugee policies in places and countries governed respectively by the far right or by the left? How is race and gender expressed in migration regimes and social solidarity movements, as well as in the daily life of migrants and refugees, where and when? When and how does the criminalization of solidarity and of the very concept of human rights arises? In order to address these issues, this panel aims at bringing together researchers who have been studying migration and refuge in localities situated in different continents. Grounded in ethnographic/ or ethnohistorical perspectives which attend to historical changes and questions of place, we seek to analyze comparatively the similarities and differences concerning the dialectical relations among migration regimes, migrants and refugees´ social organization, resistance and insurgencies, the role of both social networks of support and communications as well of social solidarity movements

Keywords:

MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENTS, BORDER REGIMES, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Application sponsorship:

WCAA

Applicant

Person: PhD. Bela Feldman-Bianco
Organization and department: UNICAMP, Anthropology
Country, city and state: Brazil, São Paulo, São Paulo

Co-convenors

Co-convenor #1: PhD. Francesca Declish, Universita di Urbino UNIURB/ITALY, Italy
Co-convenor #2: PhD. Francesca Declish, Universita di Urbino UNIURB, Italy