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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.4
"The future that you anticipated has been cancelled”: Migration and Borders of Humanity in Unpredictable Futures
The recent past is characterized by a strong sense of a world in crisis, with intersecting ‘crisis talk’ (Loftsdóttir, Smith and Hipfl 2019), including the economic crisis in North American and Europe from 2008, followed by so called migration crisis. My presentation focuses on the future as it emerges through concerns with crisis and migration, stressing that crisis tends to revolve around a loss of a vision of the future. After the economic crash, the anticipated future embedded with ideas modernity seemed to be lost to many in the global north, with its disappearance creating a sense of loss for both its admirers and critics. The paper brings together a sense of future cancelled as something that not only characterized the vision of many living in the global north today, but the experiences of irregular migrants. I focus on stories of undocumented migrant workers from Niger who stay in Europe due to what they see as ‘future deficit’ in Niger, resulted largely by Europe’s continued involvement in West and North Africa. In my analysis, I both attempt to show what these migrants expose some of the blind spots in contemporary discourses about crisis and Europe’s predicament and how particular visions of the future seen from the prism of crisis contemplate classification and exclusion of certain groups from both livable futures and spaces of humanity.