<m2m-eng> Illegal Tribunal Nov. 3rd in De Balie

Jo van der Spek M2M jo at xs4all.nl
Fri Oct 30 09:23:20 CET 2009

Public hearing: 5 - 7 pm Four workshops before
Organized by: M2M and De Balie
free entrance


12 - 16.30 Four workshops: re-thinking the Schiphol Fire
Registration: m2m[at]streamtime.org
Tel. 0624148872

Information in Dutch:



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There is an uncomfortable gap between academic theories about citizenship, 
the treatment of refugees and the existence of illegal refugees within 
western societies, and the actual daily life and realities of these issues 
in the same societies. On november 3d, a day of workshops around the 
problematics surrounding citizenship, refugees and 'illegal' migrants will 
be held in de Balie Amsterdam. By focussing on a recent fire in a 
detentioncenter (de Schipholbrand), and discussions with survivors of this 
disaster as well as reflecting on its implications for notions like 
citizenship,  the two sides, theory and everyday reality will be brought 
closer together in the form of an illegal tribunal. During these workshops 
the audience will be invited to investigate the state of affairs around the 
position of (illegal) migrants.

The 4 workshops will address the following topics:

1. Philosophy and the illegal migrant; Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, Alain 
Badiou (In the work of these thinkers, diagnoses of and a background to 
current problems around migration and illegality are provided, but what are 
the implications for the current situation, can the work of these thinkers 
help to rethink the treatment of refugees as it was brought to light by the 
fire in the Schiphol detention-center? chaired by Ernst van den Hemel and 
Marc de Wilde)

2. Scapegoats and citizens (a session covering the limits and uses of the 
notion of citizenship, and possible alternatives, chaired by Femke 
Kaulingfreks and Merijn Oudenampsen)

3. Disaster and Caretaking (what are the personal and psychological 
implications of the excesses in the treatment of refugees, as they were 
brought to light by the fire in the Schiphol detention-center? How can a 
society take better care of its victims? chaired by Hans Pollen and Jo van 
der Spek)

4. Issues for Campaigners (What are the problems campaigners and activists 
face when trying to change current excesses in the treatment of migrants?, 
chaired by Vincent de Jong and Geert Lovink)

The day will be concluded with a plenary session that starts at 17:00. The 
language will be Dutch. The Campaigning workshop is Dutch and Eng;ish.

Please register in advance.

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