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Into the Jungle: Migration and Grammar in the New Europe

CEES faculty lecture by Dominic Thomas, UCLA, French and Francophone Studies.

Thursday, May 02, 2013
12:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

Fortress Europe, as the European Union has come to be known in official Euro-speak with reference to the multi-country juridical border control mechanisms deployed under its aegis, and fortress Europe as it is constructed and perceived in the minds of global migrants attempting to enter the geographic zone it now contains provides a compelling framework for socio-cultural and sociopolitical inquiry into the multidimensionality of linguistic practices associated with this space. This talk will explore several factors: the linguistic challenges faced by migrants entering and then assuming residency in the EU and the impact of the European Union Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Union for the Mediterranean project. Analysis of the new grammars of migration constructed from various concepts will be provided: detention zones, detainees, refugee camps, forced repatriation, filtering systems, undocumented, illegals and expulsion. The objective is to establish a conjunction between language and the evidentiary mode it seeks to communicate.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies

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