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2016 Annual Warwick Debate on the Future of IPE

Human Mobility and the Crisis of Border Controls

Wednesday 2nd March, 5-6.30pm (followed by drinks reception 6.30-8pm), S0.21, University of Warwick

Freedom of Movement, photo by Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Speakers: Hannah Cross (Westminster), Simon McMahon (Coventry), Owen Parker (Sheffield).

Chair: Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick)

For 2016, the Warwick IPE debate takes up the topic of Migration.

The movement of hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and North Africa and the increasing number of deaths at Europe’s borders have thrown migration and border controls into the limelight in the last year. Crossing the Mediterranean is now the world’s most dangerous migrant route – in one week in April 2015, more than 1,200 people died off the coast of Libya. The crisis appears to extend beyond the standard approach that IPE might take to migration – focusing on the national and international regulation of migrant labour, say – and encompasses questions of citizenship and identity, trafficking, border politics, border technologies, and migrant struggles and activism, among others.

In light of this, the Debate this year will ask how IPE might interpret the crisis and perhaps enter into dialogue with other subject fields to offer an understanding of migration today. Speakers are also asked to consider some of the following questions: How should the common distinction between “political migration” and “economic migration” be understood? What theoretical stances are useful for exploring migration today? What is the relationship between mainstream and critical approaches to migration and what political alternatives do the latter bring? What kinds of border practices and technologies should we be focusing on, and how should we study them?

Contact Nick Taylor (n.j.taylor[at] for further information on the event.

Photo by Marienna Pope-Weidemann, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0