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Un/commoning Asylum: Genealogies of Exclusion and the Restoration of the Right to Refuge [Roundtable] 
Sabine Strasser (University of Bern)
Martin Sökefeld (LMU Munich)
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6 College Park (6CP), 01/037
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In this roundtable we will challenge the current global orthodoxy of exclusion and examine possibilities to restore access to protection of people in need as a common good.

Long Abstract:

The militarisation of a global apartheid, the fortification of many national borders around the world, an increasing number of victims of deterrence and detours and the criminalization of solidarity with people seeking international protection fundamentally violate the right to asylum. States and their border guard agencies violently prevent people from entering their territory, willingly exposing them to dangers such as dehydration in the Sahara, drowning in the Channel or the Mediterranean and freezing to death as recently at the Polish-Belarus border. Since World War II, a common sense about the protection of refugees had developed which was legally enshrined in the Geneva Convention guaranteeing the right to apply for asylum of those who have to leave their countries in distress. Yet currently, the Geneva Convention with its minimal standards is practically abrogated on a daily basis by indiscriminate pushbacks. Appeals to keep borders open and thus protection accessible are rejected as naïve.

Understanding the international protection regime as commons that guarantee "the right to have rights" (Arendt), this roundtable seeks to interrogate genealogies of the current uncommoning of asylum and discuss possible interventions to restore the right to refuge. We invite short statements that challenge the current global orthodoxy and common sense of exclusion and discuss ideas and practices that seek to restore access to protection and solidarities from anthropological perspectives on human rights and global ir/responsibility.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -