As protests grow around the world at the scenes in the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos in the wake of the huge fires, which have left thousands without any shelter, including some 4000 children, the conditions of asylum in Europe appear more and more grievously punitive. The Localities of Welcoming Network, piloted by Professor Sue Clayton (Goldsmiths) with ULIP’s Professor Anna-Louise Milne, aims to build the sort of local knowledges that can enable resourceful resistance to European immigration policies across the continent. The aim of the network is to scale up the model of local networks by focusing on specific areas of mutual interest ranging from ways to challenge the legality of specific national government and local authority implementation of EU policies, to the patterns and particularities that differentiate non-State support or activist groups and educational structures across the continent.
In the context of the events on Lesvos, the third meeting in this series will focus on how local networks are responding today to situations of untenable congregation and inertia, what sorts of resources have developed to face these durable transformations of particular localities, and how are people finding ways to disrupt or offset the inertia and blockage they face, whether individually or collectively.
These meetings are by invitation and gather together people who work across the boundaries between academic exploration and activist engagement. Anyone interested in learning more about this network should contact Anna-Louise Milne or Sue Clayton on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.