Interrogating the construction of African migration policies - Colloquium 16 and 17 September 2021

Afrique vue du ciel
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At a time when there is a growing scientific interest in the decentralized study of migration issues, this international conference offers a unique opportunity to exchange views from this perspective, bringing together African and European researchers from various disciplines to discuss the construction of African migration policies from their contexts and the dynamics that underlie them.

Several scientific fields will be mobilized (migration studies, African studies, border studies...) in order to question the encounter between transnational norms and dynamics in the field of migration and the national and local implementation fields. By taking a close look at African experiences and narratives surrounding migration policies, the conference will begin a process aimed at refounding analyses of the making of migration policies "in the South" by reversing the perspective on their effects and what they produce in terms of categories, relationships with the other, but also resources and markets.

The conference is co-organized and co-financed by the SoMuM Institute ( Société en Mutation en Méditerranée), Aix-Marseille University, the IRD ( Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), the MOVIDA International Mixed Laboratory, the LPED ( Laboratoire Population Environnement Développement de l'IRD), the IMéRA ( Institut d'Études Avancées), the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels, and the FMSH (Fondation Maison des Sciences Humaines)

Organizing Committee

Sophie Bava, socio-anthropologist, researcher at the LPED, IRD-AMU, in charge of the Mediterranean-Africa mission for the SoMuM Institute, co-director of the LMI MOVIDA

Camille Cassarini, geographer, PhD student at LPED, IRD-AMU, member of LMI MOVIDA

Jean-Pierre Cassarino, political scientist, professor at the College of Europe (Warsaw Campus), former fellow of IMéRA

Alizée Dauchy, political scientist, doctoral student at the IEE, USL-Brussels

Delphine Perrin, jurist, research fellow at LPED, IRD-AMU, co-leader of LMI MOVIDA.



16 and 17 September 2021


The conference will take place in person (limited number of places) at IMéRA, Marseille, and at a distance on Zoom


Online registration is mandatory from September 3, 2021:


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