Lecture 'Fighting for an un/common cause: can grassroots resistance delegitimize and undermine border and migration control?'

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09-12-2021 from 15:30 to 17:00
Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR)

Lecture by Barak Kalir (University of Amsterdam). Kalir explores the attempts taken by activist citizens and social movements in Europe to fight oppressive and racist immigration policies (Departheid)

From street protests to targeted collective actions, and from court appeals to documentary making, creative attempts show courage to face the state authorities and to forge solidarity between illegalized migrants, residents, and citizens. Notwithstanding, these attempts to fight and undermine regimes of border control are seriously overturned by two major dynamics. Internally, different views among activists in understanding how (racialized) power relation worked within the migration field, and society at large, became a divisive and demoralizing element. Externally, the state authorities resorted to (racialized) violence in breaking down social movements and intimidating activists, using raids, arrests, deportation of leaders, and many other methods. The talk grapples with an inconvenient question: can non-violent and not-always-unified resistance undermine a Departheid-like formation of oppressive and racist migration regimes? If not, how might a successful resistance look like?

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