The ‘Balkan Route’: Humanitarian and security perspectives on migration

The ‘Balkan Route’: Humanitarian and security perspectives on migration

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Amanda Beattie (Aston University)
Gemma Bird (Liverpool University)
Myriam Fotou (University of Leicester)
Chair: 
Foteini Kalantzi (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Jessie Barton Hronesova (Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford); David Madden (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

This seminar will shed light on the on-going humanitarian crisis on the Balkan route such as the management of reception centres but also the related criminalisation and smuggling of migrants. More generally, how are the countries in the region dealing with these crises and does anyone have any idea on how to resolve them?

Amanda Russell Beattie is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham. She writes on International Ethics and subjective methodologies within the social sciences and her work has been published in top journals within the field. She is the co-founder of the British International Studies Association (BISA) working group on Emotions and International Relations and is a member of the Aesthetics IR research team facilitating research on Refugees along the Balkan Route. She is currently writing an autoethnography of being ordered deported from the U.K.

Gemma Bird joined the University of Liverpool Department of Politics in 2017 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Previously, she worked as a Teaching Associate at Aston University and as an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016 : her research focused on The Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought. Prior to this she completed an MA in Research Methods in Politics and International Relations  at the University of Sheffield. She teaches political theory and African political thought and politics across a range of modules; her areas of research specialism also include citizenship, migration, and aesthetics.

Myriam Fotou is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester. Her research aims at the creation of a distinctive ethics of hospitality, which functions as a way of thinking about the relationship between representation and humanisation, of being alert to precarious life and of responding to the “missing” Other or the “unmissed” Other, i.e., an Other who may be present in the Western imagination, but who, nonetheless, does not possess any clear status or agency; who is either “illegal” , existing in a legal vacuum, or a figure of destitution / liminality. She is currently interested in exploring migrant smuggling and decolonial ethics.