CLAS Faculty Research Brown Bag Series with Alex Sager
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

"How Conceiving Migration as a Crisis Harms Migrants and Undermines Global Justice" 

Location: SMSU 298

Price: Free

As part of the CLAS Faculty Research Brown Bag Series, we invite faculty, staff, and students to bring their lunches and hear about this fascinating and timely subject from Department of Philosophy professor Alex Sager. 

Media, policy makers, humanitarian organizations, and academics inundate us with news about the global refugee crisis, the Syrian refugee crisis, the 2014 American immigration crisis, the European migrant crisis, Mediterranean migration crisis, and more. 

Though it may seem perverse to see the forced displacement of 65.3 million women, men, and children around the world as anything else, we must critically analyze the category of crisis. Crisis is an evaluative term, representing an event as dangerous, difficult, and exceptional. It focuses attention to migrants, rather than the causes of the journeys, feeds the politics of fear, justifies drastic and harmful enforcement measures, and prevents reform.