Décoloniser la sociologie – Séance 5

3 février 2022

Lucy Mayblin (University of Sheffield)
« Channel Crossings: Offshoring Asylum and the Afterlife of Empire in the Dover Strait »

Discutant : Andrea Rea (ULB-GERME)

In 2020, over 8400 people made their way from France to the UK coast using small vessels. They did so principally in order to claim asylum in the United Kingdom (UK). Much like in other bordzer-zones, the UK state has portrayed irregular Channel crossings as an invading threat and has deployed a militarised response. This talk situates contemporary British responses to irregular Channel crossers within the context of colonial histories and maritime legacies. It focuses particularly on the enduring appeal of ‘the offshore’ as a place where undesirable racialized populations can be placed. The aim is to offer a historicised perspective on this phenomenon which seeks to respond to calls to embed colonial histories in analyses of migration governance in the present.

Programme complet du séminaire



Sarah Demart
Université libre de Bruxelles | Faculté des Sciences Psychologiques et de l’Éducation | Observatoire du sida et des sexualités | STRIGES
Abdellali Hajjat
Université libre de Bruxelles | Institut de sociologie | GERME


En pratique

3 février 2022 de 10h à 12h

Séance en ligne

Participation libre et gratuite sur inscription: germe@ulb.be