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Mobility and Politics Speaker Series

December 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:608 Robertson Hall
Key Contact:Martin Geiger

Please join us Thursday December 3rd, 2015 for another event in our lecture series: Mobility & Politics: Emerging Trends and Common Challenges in Europe and Canada.

Prof. Jennifer Bagelman (University of Victoria, British Columbia) will provide a talk on entitled “Sanctuary City and the Refugee Crisis”. This event will be held from 2:30-4:00pm in Loeb A602, Carleton University. This is a public talk and no registration is required. The talk will be chaired by William Walters and Martin Geiger, Carleton University. Please find attached a poster for his event.

“The term ‘sanctuary’ often conjures images of a sacred, secured and contained space. However in the context of a growing refugee crisis, we are witnessing the emergence of a more expansive grassroots effort to establish entire cities as a place for sanctuary. Across Canada, the United States and Europe the ‘sanctuary city’ movement comprises of a welcoming set of urban practices challenging an exclusionary statist regime.”

In this presentation Jennifer Bagelman traces the ancient concept of sanctuary up to the present day revealing how this contemporary and supposedly hospitable movement creates possibilities yet also inadvertently entrenches a hostile asylum regime.

Dr. Jennifer Bagelman is a Temporary Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and currently also a SSHRC Post-doctoral fellow. Her research examines asylum through the intersections between the intimate and the international. Her current research explores the experiential political geographies of emergency food provisioning in German-based refugee camps. As a visitor on Coast and Straits Salish territory, Jennifer also participates in “No One is Illegal” action that works in solidarity with Indigenous resurgence movements that remind us that Canada is Illegal.

This event in the Mobility & Politics Lecture Series is co-sponsored and hosted jointly by the Migration & Diaspora Studies (MDS) Initiative, the Centre for European Studies (CES), the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

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