Arab Uprisings, Migrations, and the Mediterranean Question
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: March 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Description: A talk by Glenda Garelli
The construction of the Mediterranean Sea as a borderland, sanctioning a polarization across shores, has been a persistent European endeavor. Through cartographic distortion, culturalist essentialism, developmental policies, humanitarian rhetoric, and migration control apparatuses, the Euro-Mediterranean appropriation of the Middle Sea is one of the enduring legacies of colonial domination in the region. This presentation looks at how the Arab Uprisings have destabilized this charting of the region and its unfolding restructuring. The analysis draws on the notion of mobility, working at the intersection of two mobilities that have been reconfiguring the Mediterranean stage in the aftermath of the Uprisings. First, the mobility of politics, i.e. the contested politics migrants set in motion traveling across the Mediterranean. Second, the paper traces policy mobility initiatives undertaken by the European Union to govern the unfolding change in the region under fuzzy banners such as “military and humanitarian” interventions.