The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility proudly announces the 2014-15 Lecture Series themed “Rethinking Refugee Spaces: Architecture, Design, and Politics.”

This theme pays particular attention to space, and how it too can be an area for political contention, oppression and action. The multidisciplinary gaze of the Zolberg Institute invites us to think through the connections between architecture and politics, which raises many questions. Can one design better spaces and places of exile? What does it mean to do this? Does this take away from other kinds of politics? Various kinds of spaces are reimagined during this Lecture Series, from more classical refugee camps to urban DIY camps, to detention centers.


Spring 2015

February 17 – The Camp as a Space of Political Membership by Nando Sigona. Watch the video here.

March 16 – FORENSiS: Space and Violence at the Threshold of Detectibility by Eyal Weizman.

April 21 – Borderland and “Borderman.” Towards a New Cosmopolis by Michel Agier. Watch the video here.

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Fall 2014

September 30 – Migrants, Refugees and Deportees: Confronting the Humanitarian and Political Challenge by Rt. Hon. David Miliband. Watch the video here.

October 20 – Child Migrants and Zones of Exception by Jacqueline Bhabha. Watch the video here.

November 17 – Spatial Ordering of Exile: The Architecture of Palestinian Refugee Camps by Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal. Watch the video here.

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Co-sponsored events

Besides the Lecture Series, the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility also hosts and co-sponsors other events. Below is a list of these events during 2014-15 academic year. Please click in the event link if you would like to read more about it.


Spring 2015

May 1 – The Dark Side of Modernity

April 30 – The Right to Have Rights: Statelessness and Citizenship in the 21st Century

April 21-22 – Dream City: Immigrant Experiences in Film

March 16 – Immigration, Identity, and Islam: Making sense of Europe’s Public Debates in the Light Charlie Hebdo and the “Islamization of Europe”

March 11 – Crossing Mexico / Migration & Human Rights In the Age of Criminal Politics Conference

January 05-06 – Humanities Action Lab Launch


Fall 2014

December 12 – City of Cities

August 15-17 – Queering Immigration Conference