Project Description

We inhabit a world delimited, and increasingly constrained, by Anglo-European paradigms of exile, hospitality, and ethics. The limits of Enlightenment concepts of cosmopolitan citizenship have recently become manifest in the context of the forced migrations generated by wartime violence in Syria and Afghanistan. Migration Laws engages with these crises of displacement and cultural upheaval to address emergent fractures in European concepts of migration, diaspora, belonging, and ethnic identity and to develop alternatives to outmoded ways of belonging. Through a range of workshops and collaborative volumes, we explore forgotten modes of hospitality within the intellectual and political heritage of the Global South, as well as emergent forms of belonging informed by these traditions. Revisiting colonial and postcolonial experiences of migration from the perspectives of the societies most directed affected by contemporary migratory flows, we develop new paradigms for cosmopolitan belonging beyond the nation-state and outside Western liberal human rights frameworks.