University of London Institute in Paris

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This event unites both of ULIP's major seminar series, Challenging Europe and Dis-placing Politics, for an evening bringing together academics from both sides of the Channel with expertise on EU migration policies in the Mediterranean, in particular towards Turkey and Morocco. The debate will put in perspective the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, external cooperation with third countries and reflect upon the need to research and think about EU migration policies and practices differently. Should the EU continue to have a security-focused, and Eurocentric migration policy that create moral geographies in EU’s neighborhood? Is that a sustainable policy given that migration is the ‘new normal'? Or can we think differently the future of EU migration governance?


16:00 - Reading Workshop (for more information and to receive the readings please click here

18:00 - Lecture and Discussion 

19:30 - Drinks Reception


Ali Bilgiç

Dr Bilgiç is Lecturer at Loughborough University, Department of Politics, History and International Relations and Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity in the period of 2017-2019 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was previously Associate Professor at Bilkent University. His research interests include migration, feminist postcolonial approaches, critical security studies, contemporary protest movements, Middle East and North African politics, and Turkey’s foreign policy. He is the author of Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration: Trust and Emancipation in Europe (Routledge, 2013) and Turkey, Power and the West: Gendered International Relations and Foreign Policy (I.B. Tauris, 2016). His articles have appeared in Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, International Relations, Mediterranean Politics, Eurasian Geography and Economics (co-authored), Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and International Migration. As Prince Claus Chair, his research focuses on the theme of ‘human security and migration’. In addition, he is co-authoring a manuscript about ‘positive security’. Dr Bilgic has a Ph.D. in International Politics from Aberystwyth University (2010) and MA in European Politics from Lund University (2006).

Nora El Qadim

Dr El Qadim is Lecturer in political science at the University Paris 8 and a researcher at the LabTop at the Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris (CRESPPA). She works on public policies and their international dimension. Her focus is on migration policies, in particular EU and Moroccan migration policies. Dr El Qadim holds a BA in sociology and history (University Paris 10, 2003), a Masters in historical research (Oxford University, 2004), a Certificate in International studies (IHEI, Geneva, 2007) and a PhD in political sciences (Sciences Po Paris, 2013). Her dissertation was awarded the 2014 Dalloz Prize and was published as a monograph Le gouvernement asymétrique des migrations. Maroc/UE (Dalloz, 2015). She continues her research on migration policies and has also started a project looking at the constitution of national archives in Morocco and their relationship to matters of government and knowledge.

Sarah Wolff

Dr Wolff is the Director of the Center for European Research and Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London. She is Senior Associate Research Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for International Relations. She is an expert on EU-Mediterranean cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs, migration and border management policies in relation to the Middle East and North Africa. Her current research project focuses on Secular Power Europe and Islam where she investigates how secularism shapes EU’s identity as an international relation actor. Her monograph The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (Palgrave, 2012) builds upon fieldwork in Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. She received the LISBOAN Research Award 2012 for her co-edited book ‘Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm’ (Asser). In 2014/2015 she was a Fulbright-Schuman fellow at the Transatlantic Academy (Washington, DC) and was also awarded a 2014/2015 Leverhulme Research grant for a research on EU Engagement with Islamist political parties in Morocco and Tunisia. Dr Wolff regularly contributes in various media (EU Observer, Le Monde, Today Zaman, Open Democracy, Al-Jazeera, Skynews, etc), blogs at, and tweets @drsarahwolff. Dr Wolff holds a PhD in International Relations (LSE, 2009), an MSc in European Politics and Governance (LSE, 2004) and a BA in Public Administration (Science Po Grenoble, 1999).