Webinar 8: Are refugee crises, crises?

This webinar is part of a series of webinars organised by the SCSC with scholars from around the world. The themes of the webinars will be centered around the topic of the polarities of crisis in the global world, where crisis is simultaneously understood as an area of contestation and control. The prospective themes include “health and crisis”, “climate and crisis”, “corruption and crisis”, “universities and crisis”, gender and crisis”, and others.

The webinar will be held on 17 May 2021, 14-16 (CET).

Chaired by Professor Roger Zetter, Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies, University of Oxford

Discussant Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director, UCL-Migration Research Unit, University College London,

Refugee displacement, almost without exception, is described as a ‘crisis’ in popular imagination and in policy discourse. Refugee crisis are an archetype of the way crises are conceived and institutionalised. 

In this lecture Prof. Roger Zetter will ask how and why refugee displacement has become normalised as a ‘crisis’ phenomenon and question whether there are alternatives to this crisis conception. In this way he will explore the polarities which different discourses of refugee crises expose – the complex and often paradoxical conditions of temporality, spatiality, scale, and dehistoricisation which they highlight. 

The 45 minutes lecture will be followed by a short discussant’s response by Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director, UCL-Migration Research Unit, University College London, and then opened up to participants’ questions and contributions.

To attend, please join the zoom event at the date and time of the webinar:

https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/61341158091?pwd=STlSb0dlc3ZPUVY2bDZrUDhDL1NPZz09

Meeting ID: 613 4115 8091

Password: 475443

January 23, 2021

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