Forensic Oceanography

    23/05  | 18:00 - 19:45

With: Charles Heller, Mamadou Bah, Nora El Qadim and Cécile Vanderstappen
Curated by: Forensic Oceanography 
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While migration is a central theme in the European elections, it is mostly considered from the point of the sovereign right of European states and their citizens to accept or exclude migrants. The desires and rights of citizens and migrants of the Global South are excluded from the debate, as are the broader unequal relation which have historically tied Europe to the wider world. As a result, the mobility conflict of which the Mediterranean is the main fault line is perpetuated. As Forensic Oceanography’s video installation “Liquid Violence” during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts demonstrates, this conflict and the European migration policies designed to stem migrants’ movements have turned the sea into a deadly liquid. In this panel, Forensic Oceanography gathers scholars and activists to open a forum around the Mediterranean and to locate migration and bordering within a field of unequal relations connecting Europe and the Global South, with their roots in colonial history. Understanding this field of relations we argue is the condition to forge political visions and practices that may end the ongoing mobility conflict.

See also: Forensic Oceanography, Liquid Violence

Charles Heller is a researcher and filmmaker whose work has a long-standing focus on the politics of migration. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute, in Geneva, where is conducts research supported by the Swiss National Fund (SNF). Working together with Lorenzo Pezzani since 2011, they co-founded the Forensic Oceanography project based at Goldsmiths, University of London, that critically investigates the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea. Their collaborative work has generated human rights reports, academic articles as well as videos that have been exhibited internationally.

Mamadou Bah is a Guinean activist and member of CADTM Belgium (Comité pour l'Annulation de la Dette du Tiers Monde).

Nora El Qadim is a lecturer in political sciences at the University of Paris 8, a member of CRESPPA-Labtop and the l'Institut Convergences Migrations. Her research focuses on European and African migration policies and the place of migration in international relations. She is the author of Le gouvernement asymétrique des migrations. Maroc/Union européenne (2015) and many articles on the subject. 

Cécile Vanderstappen is a researcher and advocacy officer Migration and Development at CNCD-11.11.11.11 (bringing together the North-South NGOs in French-speaking Belgium).

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