Institut für Kulturanalyse
Concurrent to moral panics as well as outbursts of violence and discrimination, a plethora of European citizens responses to the 2015 refugee crisis have mushroomed in Europe, either organised in cooperation with refugee organisations and NGO’s, or in the shape of privately organized initiatives. In this talk I will present a still on-going research project, which explores different ways of doing informal modes of volunteer work in support of refugees coming to Europe. These citizens’ initiatives and activities tend to signal that formal decision-making and political action is not enough, and can be regarded as a form of border work taking place in informal settings (cf. Rumford 2006). Based on fieldwork conducted in a selection of European sites, the overall aim is to bring local versions of the ‘everyday border work’ together analytically in order to understand them in one and the same time as locally situated and globally substantiated.
Marie Sandberg (Kopenhagen)
Janine Schemmer (Janine [dot] Schemmer [at] aau [dot] at)