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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Morality, research, and the refugee crisis


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 17:15


Room 3.19

Moral anthropology, aimed at studying the „moral making of the world” (Fassin, 2012), is a growing subfield of anthropological and ethnological sciences. Among other issues, moral anthropology addresses debates about values and emotions, moral duty and ethical freedom, and human rights and humanitarianism, including the responsibility of the researcher and the legal regulation of research in such undertakings. The European ""refugee crisis,"" a term used to discuss the increased numbers of migrants arriving - by boats or overland - in the European Union beginning in 2015, is often considered a crisis of European response to the conflict in Syria and the resulting humanitarian crisis at the borders of Europe. The convenors would like to create a space to discuss the role of moral values in the „refugee crisis,” the integration challenges upon arrival in Europe, as well as anthropological research opportunities, limits and risks involved in studying people and social phenomena during humanitarian crises. We invite researchers to address such topics as: - humanitarian responses to refugee crises - residents’ solidarity with immigrants - conflicts over religious and secular values in relation to migration - moral, social, and political responsibilities of researchers, activists, and politicians - morality and moral values from different disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences and the humanities.


  • P 33.1
    • Dr. Main, Izabella (Center for Migraton Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University)
    • Dr. Suter, Brigitte (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University)
    • Ms. Kujawa, Izabela (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University)
  • P 33.2
    • Dr. Main, Izabella (Center for Migraton Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University)
    • Dr. Suter, Brigitte (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University)
    • Ms. Kujawa, Izabela (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University)

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During the refugee crisis in Europe since 2014, refugee's conversion to Christianity has been highlighted by the media and often considered in a negative light, especially in political contexts. Religious conversion is seen as an instrumental strategy to be granted asylum or to maintain refugee status and prevent deportation. This paper examines the underlying assumptions about morality, rationali ... More
Presented by Dr. Dong JU KIM on 29/8/2019 at 13:30
The paper is based on fieldwork undertaken as part of the project NoVaMigra (Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis), financed through the EU’s Horizon2020 framework (2018-21). With the EU’s value (or identity) crisis as a point of departure, this interdisciplinary project examines normative commitments of the European Union and eight of its Member States with a particul ... More
Presented by Brigitte SUTER on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
A hip hop band in Poznań that unites Muslim performers with Yemeni background and autochthonous Polish youth, builds grassroots solidarities. NGOs, youth groups, social workers, an imam, and state authorities all play a role in countering Islamophobic stereotypes by supporting this activity, each in their own way. Three brothers with a Polish mother and a Yemeni father came to Poland as refugee ... More
Presented by Mrs. Anna ADAMOWICZ on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
In the contemporary politics the humanitarian aid has become a justifiable form of moral concern, allowing it to become a way of ‘governance’ in different scales; globally, nationally or locally (Fassin 2012; Feldman 2008). May the international aid involve mere economic concerns such as poverty reduction, or framed as ‘humanitarian aid’ implying moral sentiments in it, the aid distributio ... More
Presented by Sena TOPCU on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
Presented by Dr. Izabella MAIN, Dr. Brigitte SUTER, Izabela KUJAWA
Are we, Europeans, capable enough to understand the complexity of the Syrian conflict and take one of the sides? Or, the only thing we can do is not adopt a particular political stance but adopt a distinctive humanitarian attitude? But, is it possible to be impartial without being neutral? I try to answer those questions through the exploration of the Poznań Garage Sale for Refugees case stu ... More
Presented by Dr. Waldemar RAPIOR on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
There is a long-term quarrel between humanitarians and political activists. Each of them claims that their approach is more effective to work with their subjects, but they usually overlap. In the context of European 'refugee crisis' of 2015/2016 this conflict manifested itself between activists who worked independently with the arriving asylum seekers and formal humanitarian organizations which us ... More
Presented by Ziga PODGORNIK JAKIL
A growing body of research illuminates ways in which France’s “social question,” “question of immigration,” and “refugee crisis” have become infused with racial discourse. The empirical cases within these studies often frame racialization across a significant power differential. This research turns to the production of racialized distinction between individuals already marked as Othe ... More
Presented by Henry SHAH on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
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