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Othering and racialization of minorities and immigrants in fortress Europe 
Michal Buchowski (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Hana Cervinkova (Maynooth University)
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Michal Buchowski (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Hana Cervinkova (Maynooth University)
Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Hostile attitudes towards minorities, especially those of immigrant background, are growing across Europe. This panel considers how racial ideologies underlying state discourses and migration regimes are manifested in everyday practices of interacting with 'Others' in different European contexts.

Long Abstract:

The aim of the panel is to explore contemporary discourses and practices of racialization as a prevalent form of othering of immigrants and minorities in European nation states. The panel focuses on the rise of racially motivated hostility, discrimination, and violence toward those who are perceived or created by the dominant majority as Others or distant aliens seen as a threat to existing social and cultural systems. Racial prejudice imbues many European state narratives, which rely on homogenous imaginaries of belonging to the national community, and it impacts how states respond to transnational processes. This is especially visible, but not limited to those states dominated by populists who in their political strategy employ racial Othering and xenophobia as pillars of national cohesion and social security.

Anthropologists have documented how this official rhetoric fuels civic attitudes and actions, observing growing Islamophobia, Romaphobia, Anti-Semitism and Migrantphobia across Europe. The panel welcomes both theoretical and ethnographic contributions that focus on processes of racialization and ethnic and religious othering in different geopolitical contexts. Examples of questions which we wish to explore include: How do national discourses influence and intertwine with people's ideas about Others? How are these imaginaries translated into everyday practices? What role does racialization play in nationalistic discourses and politics in contemporary Europe? What are the lived experiences of the racially marginalized who live temporarily or permanently in Europe? We are interested in discussing these and related examples of research and interpretive frameworks.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -