Call for Papers: Panel “From global problems to local solutions: multidisciplinary perspectives on «refugee crisis» and civil society actors”, 2019 ECPR General Conference
Panel chairs: Amanda Da Silva (CEDEM, Université de Liège), Juan Pablo Aris Escarcena (GEISA, University of Seville)
Panel abstract: During the so-called “refugee crisis”, the presence of migrants in European cities has motivated very different reactions from local authorities and civil society aiming to solve a “global problem” (Richter, Berking and Müller-Schmid, 2006). In this context, some cities became part of migration routes, such as Ceuta and Melilla (Spain), Eidomeni (Greece), Calais (France), Ventimiglia (Italy), etc. Migrants living in these cities show an agency capacity while also responding to structural constraints. Taking into account the typology of destination cities and the reaction(s) of local authorities, this panel focuses on the case of small cities that have been attracted migratory flows and civil society actors due to their situation as a point of passage on the border between states. We will study the interdependence between migrants’ representations and local policies, how political measures have been established from the institutions and what kind of answer they have received from solidarity networks and migrant groups. The panel welcomes papers drawing on different theoretical and methodological approaches.
Please send your paper proposals (including a 250-word paper abstract and the name and institutional affiliation of the authors) to Amanda Da Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 7th of February 2019.