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Panel Discussion: “Refugees and the “Crisis” of States: Rethinking Border Regimes and the State Technologies in the EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 30, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Instead of a refugee “crisis” that often frames refugees as the problem, this panel locates the problem with existing states and border regimes. We seek to understand the state and state-making practices through refugee experiences. We ask what we learn about the shortcomings of current systems of governance and territoriality through an examination of state-refugee interactions and state policies targeting refugee populations.


Panelists Include:

Martina Tazzioli, Goldsmiths, University of London

Banu Gökarıksel, Devran Koray Öcal, Betül Aykaç

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kirsi P Kallio, Jouni Häkli, Tampere University

Karen Culcasi, West Virginia University


This panel is part of the conference, “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union.” This virtual conference explores how Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences provide insights into the production of difference, boundaries, and borders by unsettling established understandings of identity, statehood, and territory in and on the edges of the European Union. More information and register.


Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Global, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


UNC Chapel Hill


October 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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