The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and its Upcoming 2021 Conference: What Utopias Can Teach Us - April 7, 2021

Presented by Bruno Dupeyron

After a brief overview of CARFMS and its main activities, we will explore the main theme of its 2021 biennial conference, “Utopias as Practices: Refugee Protection Regimes and Attainable Futures”.

 Nowadays, utopia is commonly interpreted as an imaginary place, an idealized or visionary political or social system. The adjective “utopian” is often used to swiftly reject proposals for social change, but it can also be used to conceive emancipatory projects in periods of urgency. Whether imaginary worlds or potential realities are seen negatively or positively, the strains between utopia and practice are constant.

The field of refugee and migration studies vividly illustrates “utopias as practices”, for instance with the Nansen passport or the 1951 Convention. The current refugee protection regime embodies legacies, aspirations and compromises immediately after the Second World War. Yet, it is essential to approach critically its Eurocentrism, state resistances and growing fragmentation at multiple scales in order to propose viable alternatives, anchored into practical realities.

 BRUNO DUPEYRON is a Professor and Graduate Chair at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), University of Regina Campus. His major research interests are border and immigration issues, using political sociology and comparative perspectives. Bruno’s research focuses on two streams: (1) the transformations of cross-border governance in North America and Europe, and (2) the regulation of displacements and security in North America. He is currently concluding an international research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In addition to his role in the School, Bruno is the outgoing President of CARFMS and will host the online CARFMS 2021 Conference at JSGS.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm via  Zoom

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