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The Politics of Humanitarianism (or Afrophobia?), Maastricht

Sint-Servaasbasiliek in Maastricht
Wikimedia Commons/Michielverbeek
datum 12 maart 2019 20:00
plaats Maastricht
organisatie Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

The EU migration deals with Africa are a humanitarian intervention to curb unregulated migration to Western Europe, on the level of international politics. However, the danger of political incentives is that they impose a misrecognition of the actual socio-political economic conditions of the immigrants for whom these deals have been made.

This lecture will examine the socio-political and economic implications of these deals. How have they been contested, recognised or even legitimated within the affected countries and beyond? What are the benefits, challenges and fallacies of these deals? Are there ways in which the political deals could be transformed to embody moral and ethical imperatives that could be contingent and yet universalised?

Exhibition: I Believe | the World in a Suburb

This lecture is organised in connection with the exhibition I Believe | the World in a Suburb, which opens on 16 March at Centre Ceramique, Maastricht. It is a documentary project by HJ Hunter that makes life in a multicultural and multi-religious suburb visible and palpable. Residents are portrayed in a series of photos and short films. They share their life stories and provide insight into their ideas about current social issues: migration, racism, nationalism, integration, radicalisation, the position of migrant women, faith and coexistence with other cultures in their own immediate environment.

More information on the exhibition and other public activities at Centre Ceramique in relation to this project: www.centreceramique.nl


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