Call for papers – Between Rights and Fear: Evaluating the Migration-Terrorism Nexus in Europe

Guest Post by Elisa Piras*


The University of Bologna Team of GLOBUS, coordinated by Sonia Lucarelli, organises a workshop to explore the (actual and perceived) links between migration and terrorism from different perspectives and disciplinary approaches. The workshop will take place at the University Centre of Bertinoro, on June 4-6, 2018.

GLOBUS – Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (2016-2020) is a multidisciplinary, transnational research project coordinated by the ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo and funded by an Horizon 2020 Action. The University of Bologna Team is one of the eight research partners involved in the project; its research activities focus on migration.

About the workshop

In the past few years, the EU has seen significant arrivals of migrants and refugees that have challenged the EU’s internal cohesion and have been instrumentally used by populist and nationalist movements to raise public concerns. At the same time, terrorist attacks have multiplied in Europe, some perpetrated by migrants of first or second generation claiming allegiance to Islamic fundamentalist groups.

The workshop has four main aims:

  1. Evaluate the relations between terrorism and migration at the global level, exploring the ethical implications
  2. Study the social construction through narratives and practices of the link between migration and terrorism in European societies.
  3. Study the link between terrorism and migration in the EU’s foreign policy and in the global governance of migration
  4. Study the tension between different justice claims through case-studies We welcome proposals for papers relevant to any of the above aims.

Expenses: Participants from Universities who are not GLOBUS partner institutions will have their expenses fully covered.

Proposals: Please send a proposal with name, affiliation, title and abstract of the paper to and by 15 December 2017. A selection will follow. Please acknowledge that only a limited number of papers will be accepted due to space constraints in the workshop programme.

Deadline: The accepted participants should send the full paper to the organizers by May 15, 2018.

Further information

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* Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies

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