About the public lecture
Whilst increasing attention is paid to the production of racist and gendered violence through European policies of migration control and border militarization, less research has focused on the ways in which varying forms of racist and gendered violence may also be produced within the so-called solidarity movements which have developed to “help” refugees at EU borders. Solidarity movements have provided a welcome counterpart to the violence of European migration and border regimes, but can also themselves be productive of racialized and gendered forms of violence anchored in colonialist and liberal notions of “saving” refugees. Based on research carried out at different French border sites, this paper examines the production of such forms of violence within solidarity movements and asks how it might be possible to move beyond these.
About the speaker
Jane Freedman is Professor at the Université Paris 8 and co-director of the Paris Centre for Sociological and Political Research (CRESPPA). She has researched and published widely on issues of gender, migration and violence. Recent publications include Gender-based violence in migration: Interdisciplinary, feminist and intersectional approaches (Palgrave 2022), and The Gender of Borders: Embodied Narratives of Migration, Violence and Agency (Routledge, 2023).
About the organisers
This lecture is jointly organized by UGent's CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees), Ghent Centre for Global Studies , Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, and the Centre for Sociological Research (KU Leuven), with support from UGent Doctoral Schools.