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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

A 2-day workshop hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), in collaboration with the Von Hügel Institute and the Cambridge Migration Research Network

The workshop will discuss refugee and migration politics with focus on identity, politics, religion, nation, racism, political attitudes and gender in the framework of European national policies. The workshop starts from the assumption that the worldwide refugee crisis signifies a historical watershed; it concerns European identity and politics in a new way. The EU member countries are divided by disagreement upon migration and refugee politics, whether in political, economic, social or moral terms. This raises the question of how the recent developments, debates and reactions in Europe can be understood. The aim of the workshop is to carve out key characteristic and conditions of this problem, and to identify central areas of necessary research with regard to the politics of integration and identity. The programme also features discussion about the links between the UK referendum on EU membership and migration issues and refugee crisis.

For details, please see the attached PROGRAMME

Invitation is open to the public. However, as places are limited for Friday, registration is necessary. Please confirm your presence with Vlado Kmec by June 16. [For Friday only; no registration required for Thursday].

The workshop is supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.


Dr Sara Silvestri, City University London and University of Cambridge;

Dr Elif Cetin, University of Cambridge;

Vlado Kmec, University of Cambridge and University of Groningen;

in partnership with Prof Heidemarie Winkel, University of Bielefeld.


Thursday, 23 June, 2016 - 15:45 to Friday, 24 June, 2016 - 17:30
Contact name: 
Vlado Kmec
Contact email: 
Event location: 
St Edmund's College, Garden Room (Thursday 23) and POLIS, ARB Building, West Road (Friday 24)



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