A Postcolonial Critique of Migration and Border Studies

3rd CeMig Migration Research Lab with Leslie-Gross Wyrtzen (Yale University)

Date: 17 December 2020, 16:15 - 17:45 CET
Registration Deadline: Thursday, 10.12.2020
Venue: Online via Zoom


This workshop with Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is designed to initiate exchange about a postcolonial critique of Migration and Border studies.

Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a postdoctoral associate with the Council for African Studies at Yale University. She is a feminist geographer whose work focuses on the relationship between borders, race, and political economy between Africa and Europe. Her first book project, entitled Bordering Blackness: The Production of Race in the Morocco-EU Immigration Regime, draws on 11 months of ethnographic research among West and Central African migrants moving through or contained within Morocco.

For the workshop Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen will share and present a chapter for her book manuscript which draws on Black geographic and postcolonial scholarship to historicize border enforcement and transnational mobility within the longue durée of racialized world-making that has characterized encounters between Africa and Europe. Afterwards the participants are invited to enter into a discussion with her about a critique of Euro-centric concepts in Migration and Border Studies, colonial presences in the context of migration policies or the importance of race as a central logic of border enforcement and migration management.

The workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral students from various disciplines who would like to critically examine their migration and border research from a post-colonial perspective.

Reading for the workshop will be circulated one week before.