Revitalising Regional Integration Seminar Series

Over the first two years of the project a Seminar Series with around 10-12 presentations by scholars or policy experts is organised focussing on migration and security in the EU or other integrating regions. The seminar series is designed to generate focussed and ongoing dialogue on the project theme among the scholarly community. In additions, all seminars are advertised to the student body as well as the policy community and other external stakeholders. Thus the series provides a platform for regular engagement with key target audiences and increases the visibility of EU Studies . Lastly, the sustained dialogue and exchange of knowledge consolidates the EUCN as a hub of cross-regional expertise on questions on migration and security. 

Experimenting, creating, collaborating: rethinking migration governance for climate change, Monday 16 July 2018, VUW

Dr Samid Suliman
Griffith University

Mass migrations due to climate change appear to be ungovernable. This is because contemporary means and modes of migration governance owe too much to a statist and static epistemology that can only perceive movement as either aberrant or abhorrent. Rather than moving towards finding peaceful and humane solutions to the pending climate migration crisis, key migration governance institutions will continue to fail in their mission because they deny the possibility for generating new ways of living transversally and kinetically. Drawing on Nikos Papastergiadis’ writings on cosmopolitanism and culture, and considering environmental mobilities in Oceania, this paper argues that migration governance must become experimental, creative and collaborative. Not only must different institutions loosen their attachment to the hulk of methodological nationalism, but the many and diverse ways of seeing, sensing and knowing the world in movement (and from movement) also need to be placed at the heart of migration governance. 

Samid Suliman is Lecturer in Migration and Security in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University. He is also a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Dr Suliman is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in migration, security, postcolonial political theory, international relations and world politics, global development, climate change and the politics of knowledge. Dr Suliman was awarded the Australian Political Studies Association’s 2015 Thesis Prize for his doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Migration Development and Kinetic Politics’ (this is currently being revised for publication as a monograph). His work has recently appeared in Review of International Studies, Globalizations, and Mobilities. He is currently developing a project exploring challenges to, and opportunities for, effective migration governance in Oceania in the context of a changing climate.