Critical Reflections on Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance

22. September 2021 to 17. November 2021

Migration on the African continent is multifold, complex with varying effects. One angle in particular is the European efforts to control migration, which has reached far beyond its external borders to the African continent. For example, there has been an attempt to increase ‘cooperative agreements’ between the European Union (EU) with African states. This online lecture series critically discusses Afro-European relations that arise from EU-migration governance and the African responses in the multiple entanglements of border control, development and security. The lecture series is organized in three parts:

Part 1: Securitisation highlights that under the misnomer of fighting the root causes of forced migration there is a political agenda to reduce irregular migration from Africa to Europe. As a result, migration and border control has become increasingly interlinked with development and security policies.

Part 2: Perceptions on Migration offers critical and postcolonial perspectives on the often misleading political discourses, public perceptions and media representations of African migration to Europe.

Part 3: Flipping the Script offers up-to-date research which decentralizes the European perspectives: By looking at different regional set-ups (e.g. South-South and North-South migration) it offers alternative readings and opens up the discussion about the way forward in migration research.

By bringing together both English- and French-speaking scholars (facilitated by simultaneous translations) and involving junior and senior researchers based both in African and European institutes, the lecture series aims at a true exchange between the different academic discourse-communities that rarely get a chance to interact. Each thematic section consists of a keynote lecture, a research lab and a roundtable discussion. While the keynote lectures introduce the state of research, the research labs allow mostly early career academics to discuss their recent work in progress. The public roundtables are aimed at a broader interested public and involve civil society and activists from the field  as well.

The event is organised by AMMODI, a research network on African Migration, Mobility, and Displacement. Click here (https://ammodi.com/critical-reflections-on-afro-european-relations-in-migration-governance/) to go to the AMMODI conference website.

  • Please register here for the keynote lectures and panel discussions
  • Please register here for the research labs

 

Part 1: Securitisation

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Activism and Euro-African Migration
22 September 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Panelists:

  • Amadou Mbow, Mauritanian Association for Human Rights & West African Network for the Protection for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and for Free Movement (ROA PRODMAC)
  • Lisa Richlen, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Moctar Dan Yayé, Alarmophone Sahara Niamey

Moderator: Sabine Hess, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany

Part 2: Perceptions of Migration

KEY NOTE LECTURE II
6 October 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Presenters:

  • Joseph Teye, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Heaven Crawley, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Moderator: Mary B. Setrana, University of Ghana

RESEARCH LAB II
13 October 2021, 11:00-12:30 GMT / 13:00-14:30 CEST

Presenters:

  • Kamal Donko, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Fatou Faye, Fondation Rosa Luxembourg, Senegal

Discussant: Olayinka Akanle, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Moderator: Jelka Günther, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany

PANEL DISCUSSION II: Research Ethics
20 October 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Speakers:

  • Kuda Vanyoro, University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa
  • Ronald Kalyango Sebba, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Tabea Scharrer, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
  • Yacouba Cissao, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Moderator: Franzisca Zanker, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Germany

 

Part 3: Flipping the Script

KEYNOTE LECTURE III
3 November 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 17:00-18:30 CET

Presenter: Rose Jaji, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Moderator: Leander Kandilige, University of Ghana, Ghana

RESEARCH LAB III
10 November 2021, 12:30-14:00 GMT / 13:30-15:00 CET

Presenters:

  • Basile Ndjio, University of Douala, Cameroon
  • Lisa Åkesson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Discussant: Omolola Olarinde, Elizade University, Nigeria
Moderator: Susann Baller, Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

PANEL DISCUSSION III: Looking Forward
17 November 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 17:00-18:30 CET

Speakers

  • Oliver Bakewell, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • B Camminga, African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), Wits University, South Africa
  • Nauja Kleist, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark
  • Sabine Hess, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany
  • Joseph Teye, Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Mary B. Setrana, Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), University of Ghana, Ghana

Moderator: Jesper Bjarnesen, The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden

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Past events in this series

KEYNOTE LECTURE I
8 September 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Presenter: Harouna Mounkalla, University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey, Niger
Moderator: Abena Oduro, University of Ghana, Ghana

RESEARCH LAB I
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Presenter:

  • Almamy Sylla, University of Bamako, Mali
  • Amanda Bisong, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Discussant: Leonie Jegen, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Germany & University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Moderator: Anja Jetschke, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany

The lecture series is jointly organized by the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at the University of Freiburg (ABI), the Centre for Global Migration Studies at the University of Göttingen (CeMig), the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana and the Centre for Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala (NAI) and hosted in cooperation with the research network on African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI) and the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA).