'Migrants, Law and the State In and Beyond Europe', EASA Conference, Lisbon, 21-24 July 2020

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Call for Papers
January 20, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Borderlands, Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies

This panel will interrogate how migrants without settled legal status in the Global South and North use the courts and the law to demand political, economic, social and cultural rights. Papers will analyse the formation of individual and group migrant identities in response to the practices of state institutions, and state policies towards migrants' rights in conjunction with debates about the 'nation', citizenship, and integration. Migrants' experiences of law and state institutions are frequently defined by their residency statuses as they contend with immigration controls, curtailed access to health and welfare services, and deportation or policing. Moreover, migrants' statuses are subject to fluctuating state policies provoking group rights claims: Pakistan has decreased Afghan refugees rights since the Soviet invasion, migrant construction workers in some GCC states have been accorded more employment protections, the UK has detained or deported hundreds of people from the 'Windrush Generation'. On the micro-level, individual migrants may fight to remain on squatted land, to establish state acknowledgement of their family relationships, or access to state services. Contributors will bring together research in and beyond Europe on interactions of differently positioned migrants with law, state institutions, and their navigation of bureaucratic landscapes as well as ethnographic work on state bureaucracies dealing with migrants. Papers could discuss how migrants understand, experience, and relate to law and state institutions in different areas of their lives; how state bureaucracies and public institutions produce categories of deserving and undeserving migrants; and, migrants' agency in dealing with categorization by state actors.

  Proposals for papers must be submitted through EASA's submission portal. Instructions for how to submit are available here 

Contact Info: 

This panel is being co-organized for the bi-annual conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists by Dr Jessica Carlisle (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK) and Dr Iris Sportel (Radboud University, NIjmegen, The Netherlands). If you have any questions about the conference or the panel please contact us via J.Carlisle@gold.ac.uk or i.sportel@jur.ru.nl