Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Public lecture by Vicki Squire (University of Warwick) on The European 'refugee crisis': Questioning assumptions, February 11th, 2016, @ UHasselt

This talk will reflect on the current European migration or 'refugee crisis'. Specifically, this 'crisis' will be examined in the context of a broader global and historical power dynamics, which condition unauthorised migrations and which are integral in understanding the way in which the 'crisis' has both emerged and been addressed. The talk will give an overview of the 'crisis' in its longer duration, as well as emphasising the diversity of recent migratory journeys and experiences. Drawing on the findings of a new research project that is based on in-depth qualitative interviews with new arrivals in Kos (Greece), Sicily (Italy) and Malta, the project will shed light on and question a range of assumptions about unauthorised migration. In doing so, it will put forward proposals for policy development in terms that do not simply 'solve a crisis', but that can transform the conditions under which such a crisis emerges in the first place.

The lecture will take place from 5 to 7pm  in Room H2 - Hasselt University (campus Diepenbeek) Agoralaan (building D) 3590, Diepenbeek.

Short bio

Dr Vicki Squire is Associate Professor of International Security at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL ( She is Principal Investigator on the ESRC urgent research project Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat, and on the Leverhulme Fellowship Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence. She has written three books and over thirty journal articles and book chapters in the area of border and migration politics, and he rmost recent publication is Post/humanitarian Border Politics between Mexico and the US (Palgrave, 2015).

For her recent photo essay see


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