Event Date: November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Location: Faculty of Social Sciences 4004, 120 University Private , Ottawa
Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)
Are the Trump administration’s attempts to restrict entry into the US a response to legitimate security concerns or an abrogation of basic legal protections for individuals and families? To what extent is Brexit driven by concern of Eastern European migrants or Syrian refugees? Do EU designations of “safe” countries or deals with Turkey and Libya to preclude migration around the Mediterranean undermine the non-refoulement norm? Should anti-foreigner sentiment in South Africa be labelled xenophobia, a term typically associated with racism? We can better understand these rising tensions between migration as a potential security concern and a sphere for rights protections through the politics of threat construction. Three dimensions of security–interstate, societal, and human—provide distinct perspectives. Examples from around the world underscore that the inclusion of migration within security studies also requires a reassessment of the field’s Eurocentric roots.
Audie Klotz is a Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her interests span theories of international relations, qualitative methods, transnational activism, global migration, and identity politics, with a regional specialization in Southern Africa and more broadly the former British Empire. Her latest book, Migration and National Identity in South Africa, 1860-2010 (Cambridge 2013) compares South Africa to Australia and Canada. Her first book, Norms in International Relations: The Struggle against Apartheid (Cornell 1995), won the Furniss award in security studies. She also co-authored Research Strategies for Constructivist International Relations (M.E. Sharpe 2007), which has been translated into Korean (Kyung Hee University Press 2011), and co-edited two books, How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (Macmillan 1999) and Qualitative Methods in International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan 2008). Her work has appeared in International Organization, Review of International Studies, Third World Quarterly, and European Journal of International Relations, among other journals and edited collections. The International Studies Association has bestowed two career honors: the Tickner Award (2014) for innovative scholarship and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Ethnic, Nationalism, and Migration section (2018).