Conference Program

Questioning Crisis: Forced Migration in Theory and Practice

2017 Annual Conference of the Institute for the Study of International Development McGill University

15-16 March 2017, Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish


Wednesday, 15 March

3:00-3:30 Arrival, registration

Welcome, introduction of conference theme

Professor Sonia Laszlo, Director, ISID
Professor Diana Allan, ISID and Department of Anthropology
Professor Megan Bradley, ISID and Department of Political Science


Keynote Address

Chair: Catherine Lu, Associate Director, ISID

“Governing migration under the Global Compacts: Towards an agenda for facilitating mobility”
Professor François Crépeau, Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

“Responding to the global refugee crisis: UNHCR perspectives”
Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Canada

  Watch the full recording of the Keynote Address here

5:45-7:00 Reception

Thursday, 16 March


Arrival, registration 


Welcome, recap, plan for the day
Diana Allan and Megan Bradley, ISID


Panel 1: “Crisis” in context: Rethinking responsibility for forced migration crises

Chair: Eric Hirsch, Global Governance Postdoctoral Fellow, ISID
Discussants: Megan Bradley, ISID and Yves Winter, Political Science, McGill

Re-Theorizing the Ethics of Forced Migration Beyond the State
Kiran Banerjee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Global Policy Initiative and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Reading Crisis: Race and the Politics of Deportation in 1960s Australia
Laura Madokoro, Assistant Professor, Department of History, McGill University

  Watch the full recording of "Crisis in Context" here


Coffee Break


Address by Serge Cormier, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


  Watch the full recording of Serge Cormier's address here


Panel 2: Perspectives on Syria

Chair: Francesco Amodio, ISID and Department of Economics, McGill
Discussants: Rex Brynen, Political Science, McGill and Jamal Saghir, ISID Professor of Practice

Host state policy, socio-economic class, and initial settlement patterns among Syrian refugees in Germany and Turkey
Wendy Pearlman, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

The Refugee Surge in Europe
Antonio Spilimbergo, International Monetary Fund

  Watch the full recording of "Perspectives on Syria" here




Panel 3: Crisis spaces: From black holes to the built environment

Chair: Diana Allan
Discussants: Ipek Tureli, Department of Architecture, McGill, and Marina Sharpe, Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill

Maritime Legal Black Holes: Migration and Extra-Legality 
Itamar Mann, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

The Architecture of “Crisis”: Housing Refugees in Germany and Turkey
Nell Gabiam, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures and Department of Political Science, Iowa State University

  Watch the recording of "Crisis Spaces" here


Coffee Break


Roundtable and open discussion: Implications for research, policy and practice

Chair: Sonia Laszlo
Roundtable commentators: Rex Brynen (Political Science, McGill), Giulia el-Dardiry (Anthropology, McGill), Rachel Kiddell-Monroe (ISID Professor of Practice), Aderomola Adeola (Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill)


  Watch the full recording of the Roundtable here


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