Public Lecture

Michel Agier
‘Hospitality in Contemporary Context and the Future. Spaces, Relations and Subjectivities’
2 June 2016 – 6:30, at St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St.947A89D3-E87B-4767-B5D2-F939AF680654

Since the foundation of the EAHN as independent network ten years ago, it is keen to challenge scholarly and geo-political boundaries, and to question the changing conditions of Europe and beyond by offering an active platform to rethink the history of a changing built environment. Such was our last thematic conference in Belgrade (2015), where questions of identity, nation, and the writing of history under abrupt political changes were passionately discussed. During our recent meeting in Paris, we therefore felt committed to address the current predicament of war, refugees and violence implicated on cultural heritage, and the pressing questions it poses to us in studying architecture, nation and religion, identity and racism, boundaries and migration. We have invited Michel Agier, an anthropologist who has worked extensively on the migration and refugee camps on the boundaries of Europe, to share his insights on these questions at this particular moment against the background of the refugee crisis and the war in the Middle East. He will talk on his forthcoming book with Polity Press, Borderlands. Towards an Anthropology of Cosmopolitan Condition.

Michel Agier is an Anthropologist, Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) and Senior Researcher at Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD). His main interests are Human Globalization, Exile and Urban Marginalities. He published in English at Polity Press, At the Margins of the World (2008), Managing the Undesirables. Refugees Camps and Humanitarian Government (2011), and Borderlands. Towards an Anthropology of Cosmopolitan Condition (forthcoming Summer 2016).

Moderator: Alona Nitzan Shiftan

Respondents: Carmen Popescu, Jean-Louis Cohen, and Marc Crinson