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Framing Migration: the ethics and politics of the refugee crisis

21 November 2016

Seminar Room 2, The Open University in London & South East, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

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Framing Migration is a public assembly involving a public conversation with an academic panel aimed at encouraging dialogue on the ethics and politics of migration and the refugee ‘crisis’.

With ‘migration’ dominating the media and political agenda, yet often framed in ways that tend to hinder critical thinking about it, this is an opportunity to explore and discuss migration-related themes, questions and ethics with a panel of leading academics, including:

Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, The Open University
Phillip Cole, Professor in Politics and International Relations, University of West of England
Matthew Gibney, Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford

As well as engaging with questions and ideas from members of the audience, our panellists will address a series of questions, including:

  • How should the question of migration be framed, given that the framing of something as a crisis partly produces it?
  • Is it possible to talk about ‘migrants’ without making ‘migrants’ a problem?

This event is part of The Ethics and Politics of the Refugee Crisis, an integrated programme of activities about migration aimed at strengthening collaboration between academic research, civil society, education and the culture sectors via avenues of creative expression. It is funded by the ESRC. The programme is a partnership between The Open University, The University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Migration Museum Project, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and actREAL.

2:30pm - 5:00pm (coffee and registration from 2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Registration is now closed but there is another event that is part of the same project that you can still register for: The Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response