Sandro Cattacin (Université de Genève)

"Unexpected Inclusions: Migration, Mobility and the Open City"

14 December 2017, 2:00 pm

abstract

Self-organisation of migrant association, independent civil society initiatives and established ritualised practices of inclusion in the city occur outside formal migration and integration policies and improve the dynamics of belonging and peaceful coexistence between the established and newcomers. Rather than crisis discourses, we are interested in routinised and spontaneous inclusion processes. With our understanding of the city as a continuously recomposing place of inclusive histories where mobility is the motor of transformation, and where the memories of individuals, the rituals of groups and city strategies combine into social ties and networks, we try to challenge static, fear-driven and essentialist concepts of belonging.