CONF : “Making moral migration policies”—Jeudi 14 octobre 2021

Leçon inau­gu­rale (en anglais) de Soshana Fine (Asso­ciate Professor of Polit­ical Science at ESPOL, Univer­sité Catholique de Lille, fellow de l’ICM) au sémi­naire de l’ESPOL-Lab jeudi 14 octobre 2021 Mme Shoshana Fine (en anglais) de 16 heures à 18 heures pour sa leçon inau­gu­rale en ligne inti­t­ulée Making moral migra­tion policies”

Abstract. This presen­ta­tion explores the making of “moral” migra­tion poli­cies. Contrary to common wisdom, legit­i­macy and even morality are not only reserved to “good” migra­tion friendly poli­cies but are also invoked by those who make deci­sions that expose migrants to death. Surpris­ingly, while many studies have inves­ti­gated the violence asso­ci­ated with Euro­pean migra­tion poli­cies, very few have focused their atten­tion to the ques­tion of how the seem­ingly unac­cept­able is often viewed as a moral neces­sity. What kind of legit­imizing ratio­nales are behind these poli­cies ? To respond to this ques­tion, I examine two instances of violence towards migrants : depor­ta­tion and migrant deaths. In taking these two instances, I expose two moral legit­imizing ratio­nales. The first one is what I call cold morality which relies on dehu­man­iza­tion processes through appeals to law. The second one is what I call roman­ti­cized morality which func­tions through human­iza­tion processes, appealing to agency and nostalgia. 

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