P157
Refugees and Migrants Network and Mobilise with Activists and NGO workers

Convenors:
Ziga Podgornik-Jakil (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin)
Fazila Bhimji (University of Central Lancashire)
Discussant:
Heath Cabot (University of Pittsburgh)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
SO-B497
Start time:
14 August, 2018 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

There has been much criticism of humanitarian work within refugee camps. Anthropologists have pointed out that aid workers assume refugees to be passive recipients of humanitarian aid and thus deny them their agency. This panel aims to examine these relations between refugees and their supporters.

Long abstract:

Refugees and Migrants Network and Mobilise with Activists and NGO workers There has been much criticism of humanitarian work within refugee camps (e.g. Fassin 2012; Agier 2011). Anthropologists have pointed out that aid workers assume refugee to be passive recipients of humanitarian aid and thus deny them their agency. This panel aims to further examine the relations between refugees and NGOs and independent volunteers in empirical ways. Papers are invited from researchers working in the global south as well as the north to interrogate the ways in which refugees and migrants network amongst aid workers, NGOs, volunteers and/or activists. In this regard, as a starting point panel participants are asked to consider refugees' and migrants' agential capabilities and to examine some of their initiatives in seeking support from varying activist groups and aid workers. We would like to invite paper to consider the following, "How do refugees and migrants characterise the aid workers and activists?", "How do refugees and migrants continue to maintain their sovereignty when moving with activists and NGO workers?", "How do they negotiate with them in order to attain their goals?", "What are some of the conflicts and contradictions that refugees, migrants and NGO workers and activists may experience and encounter as they strive to attain social justice?", "How do refugees and migrants and activists or aid workers mobilise together?", "What spaces and meanings do refugees and migrants create as they mobilise in conjunction with activists and NGO workers?"