'Experimenting, creating, collaborating: rethinking migration governance for climate change'

A Political Science and International Relations Programme seminar, with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

'Experimenting, creating, collaborating: rethinking migration governance for climate change'

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16 July 2018 from 1.10 pm - 2.00 pm 16th Jul 2018 1:10pm 16th Jul 2018 2:00pm

Alan MacDiarmid (AM) LT 105

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The Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University, in conjuction with the European Union and the EUC Network, warmly invite you to this research seminar.

Speaker: Dr Samid Suliman


Mass migrations due to climate change appear to be ungovernable. This is because contemporary means and modes of migration governance owe too much to a statist and static epistemology that can only perceive movement as either aberrant or abhorrent. Rather than moving towards finding peaceful and humane solutions to the pending climate migration crisis, key migration governance institutions will continue to fail in their mission because they deny the possibility for generating new ways of living transversally and kinetically. Drawing on Nikos Papastergiadis’ writings on cosmopolitanism and culture, and considering environmental mobilities in Oceania, this paper argues that migration governance must become experimental, creative and collaborative. Not only must different institutions loosen their attachments to the hulk of methodological nationalism, but the many and diverse ways of seeing, sensing and knowing the world in movement (and from movement) also need to be placed at the heart of migration governance.

Speaker's Bio

Samid Suliman is Lecturer in Migration and Security in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. He is also a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Dr Suliman is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in migration, security, postcolonial political theory, international relations and world politics, global development, climate change, and the politics of knowledge. Dr Suliman was awarded the Australian Political Studies Association’s 2015 Thesis Prize for his doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Migration, Development and Kinetic Politics’ (this is currently being revised for publication as a monograph). His work has recently appeared in Review of International StudiesGlobalizations, and Mobilities. He is currently developing a project exploring challenges to, and opportunities for, effective regional migration governance in Oceania in the context of a changing climate.

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This seminar has been generously supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union