28.10. – 29.10.

KWI on Tour: De/Legitimizing Global Migration Control

International Conference

Volker Heins (KWI), Darshan Vigneswaran (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research)

University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland Campus

Given the political inequality between states and increasingly diverse and heterogeneous societies, it is increasingly difficult for states to build regional or global migration regimes which enjoy the normative approval and backing of all relevant stakeholder groups: democratic majorities within the migrant-receiving state, governments of migrant-sending states, and potential migrants themselves. With no universal consensus in sight, legitimation narratives – narratives of legality, of self-protection, of human rights etc. – are essential, but also fragile and contested.

The aim of the conference is to shed light on the voices and interventions of different actors and communities who articulate competing (de-)legitimation narratives targeting existing or emerging migration regimes or control practices. The conference will contribute to new scholarly and policy understandings of the cultural and moral underpinnings of current and future migration regimes across the world.

The conference provides an environment for sharing and discussing new ideas among critical migration researchers from around the world.