Crossing: How We Label

L'asile et l'exile

AND L'asile et l'exile -- Two book talks, one on border crises and equitable advocacy, one on the socio-history of asylum practie in France, with Rebecca Hamlin and Karen Akoka.

Friday, December 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Crossing: How We Label and React to People on the Move 

Author: Rebecca Hamlin, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Drawing on cases of various "border crises" across Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East, Hamlin outlines major inconsistencies and faulty assumptions on which the binary relies. In doing so, Hamlin challenges all those invested in the rights and study of migrants to move toward more equitable advocacy for all border crossers.


L’asile et l’exile: Une histoire de la distinction refugiés/migrants

Author: Karen Akoka, Department of Sociology, University of Paris

Rather than analyzing the journeys of exiles to determine whether they are refugees or migrants, L’asile et l’exile dissects the institution that names them: the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA). By focusing on those involved in the right to asylum, their profiles and their most everyday practices, this socio history of asylum policies in France makes a new contribution to the analysis of state power.

Commentator: Roger Waldinger, Department of Sociology, UCLA


Cosponsored by the Center for European and Russian Studies

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Sponsor(s): Center for Study of International Migration, Center for European and Russian Studies