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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 30.10.2018 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal

Archives of Refuge

Roundtable with Arjun Appadurai (Media, Culture and Communication, New York University), Regina Römhild (Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, HU Berlin), Mohammad Sarhangi (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Marcia C. Schenck (Center for Global History, FU Berlin), Nadiye Ünsal (Labor Migration Berlin)



Who is a refugee: today, in Europe? The term has gained a lot of contested recognition – especially since 2015 and the then increasing movements of flight from the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. While access to the refugee status is at the centre of the current political debate and while it has been diminished and narrowed down “from right to favour” (Didier Fassin) at the European borders, its legal foundation and definition – as seemingly different from other forms of migration – is widely taken for granted. What happens if we take into account the global and historical entanglements of other genealogies, other archives, other experiences and practices of seeking refuge that are not included in the current European_Western conception? How may such approaches from historical, non-occidental perspectives contribute to decentering the dominant “presentism” and exclusivism of the debate? And in what ways does this help to explore and critically address archives as politics?


This session is organised in cooperation with Labor Migration