Daily Archives: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Event: Sites of Confinement: Confines, Control and Resistance at the Border

Event: Sites of Confinement: Confines, Control and Resistance at the Border
Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:0018:00

Campus Luigi Einaudi, University of Turin, Lungo Dora Siena 100/A – 10154, Turin, Italy
Room: E5

The aim of this day conference is to stimulate discussion around the ambiguity of sites of confinement with specific focuses on migration; race and racism; and physical, social and spatial bordering as control. Drawing together academics and activists working and campaigning across Europe, we aim to analyse the inconsistencies and contestations within pre-trial detention, administrative detention and the different forms of reception/confinement of asylum seekers, refugees and illegalised migrants. Alongside issues in control and punishment, the conference will emphasise forms of everyday resistance by those living in sites of confinement, as well as those campaigning for freedom.

Confirmed speakers include: Antigone Association, Monish Bhatia, Victoria Canning, Valeria Ferraris, Evgenia Iliadou, Simone Santorso, Alvise Sbraccia, No Borders, and Frances Webber

Conveners: Dr Victoria Canning, The Open University, victoria.canning@open.ac.uk and Dr Valeria Ferraris, University of Turin, valeria.ferraris@unito.it 
Conference Schedule

9.30 Welcome and Introduction:

Laura Scomparin, Head of Department of Law, University of Turin

Victoria Canning (Open University), Co-ordinator of the Prisons, Punishment and Detention Working Group

10:30-11:30  Panel 1: Perspectives on detention

Fernández-Bessa (University of Barcelona)
Simone Santorso (University of Padua)
Association Antigone

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30 Panel 2: Criminalisation of migrants

Alvise Sbraccia (University of Bologna)
Monish Bhatia (Abertay University)
Associazione Studi Giuridici Immigrazione (ASGI)

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Panel 3: Refugee crisis, border control and reception

Frances Webber (Institute of Race relations)
Evgenia Iliadou (The Open University)
Valeria Ferraris (University of Turin)
NO Borders Ventimiglia

17.00-18.00 Working Group Meeting and Resolution

Victoria Canning (Open University)

20.00 Social Dinner

Lost in the world: former unaccompanied minors in orbit

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Young people seeking safety and security are subjected to the vagaries of all kinds of ‘solutions at various national borders’. Sometimes they are taken in and sometimes they are turned away. Sometimes, as Elaine Chase (UCL) and I write in The Conversation, they are offered help but then deported as soon as they become legal adults.

Read The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/lost-in-the-world-the-young-people-shunted-around-a-global-asylum-system-55991

For info about ESRC-funded project Becoming Adult: www.becomingadult.net

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The dangerous spread of crimes of solidarity

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The Guardian reports on the  trial of high-profile Danish campaigner Lisbeth Zornig, who gave a lift to family of Syrians. She was fined DKr22,500 (£2,328).  According to the article, she is one of 279 people who have been charged under people trafficking laws  in the period from September 2015 to February 2016 in Denmark alone. In January, while Greek police pressed charges carrying prison sentences of up to 10 years in jail against a group of Spanish lifeguards who rescue refugees in Lesvos, in France a retired British soldier stood trial for attempting to bring a four-year-old Afghan girl from the Calais refugee camp to reunite with family the UK (see also a similar case in Norway).

Is this the next ‘solution’ to the refugee crisis coming from EU politicians? Intimidating volunteers to undermine the support for more a humane solution to the crisis? It may not end up in a mass round…

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 03/12/2016

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 03/12/2016

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