Migrantizing Europe

Regina Römhild (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Arjun Appadurai (New York University)
Shalini Randeria (IWM, The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Horsal 8 (D8)
Start time:
14 August, 2018 at 10:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel explores the role of "migrancy" in the makings of Europe: not only with respect to migrants' movements but also with respect to Europe as itself being a mobile, fluid project. Both dimensions will be discussed as intertwined characteristics of continuously unfinished European worldings.

Long abstract:

Europe is not a fixed and static social world which is disturbed and unsettled by migrant bodies, ideas and claims. Rather, Europe is itself a mobile and fluid project, whose structural mobility, indeed "migrancy", has been inherent to its very fabric at least since the advent of modernity in Europe. This inherent migrancy is not caused but only further enhanced and made more visible by those classified legally as migrants. Migrants bring not just themselves but their biographical and imagined worlds to Europe, while Europe itself has been constructed in important ways through its five hundred years of imperial and colonial adventures in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle-¬East, thus creating the long-¬term logics from which its most recent migrants have been produced. The panel will focus on the issue of "migrancy" as a crucial characteristic feature of Europe and its long-¬term negotiation between conflicting world-¬building projects. "Migrantizing Europe" therefore aims at a corrective revision which will contribute to a re-worlding of Europe by delineating the implication of Europe's others in projects of European self-¬making, both past and present. We invite papers which address the following questions, among others, preferably on the basis of ethnographic research: how do European borders enact dramas of sovereignty? How does the idea of migrancy offer a new perspective on European imperialism? Does the focus on movement in European history re-frame current debates about the Enlightenment? Can migrancy illuminate the inherent volatility of European self-making?