Public Symposium: Walls, Migration and Border Cooperation

University of Victoria, Victoria Canada
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

David Strong Building, UVic, Room C116 Walls,

Walls, Migration, and Border Cooperation, Canada-EU: A Comparative Perspective

This public forum kicks off a new project on borders and migration at the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria funded by the European Commission through the Jean Monnet Programme and complementing the work of Borders in Globalization already underway there.  UVic received five new Jean Monnet grants in 2016, four of them are at the CFGS.  These new grants will explore important questions related to EU migration, integration, identity and border policies in an EU-Canada comparative perspective; the grants fund student research, field schools, and public outreach activities.  UVic continues to advance the integration of research and education through an interdisciplinary approach to European studies. Visit to learn more about how European Studies at UVic is exploring complex issues in the EU, including BREXIT, CETA, and the migration crisis.

This symposium will feature two panels, one with presentations on cross-border mobility, cooperation and securitization in the context of the migration crisis in Europe; the other focusing on borders, mobility and migration in the Canadian context and the Trump era.


3:00 - Welcome

3:10 - Panel I: Border Cooperation and Migration in Europe

Martin Klatt, Southern Denmark University - The “migration crisis” of 2015 and regional cross-border cooperation in the EU: realization of difference at the Danish-German border  

Martin van der Velde, Radboud University Nijmegen - Cross-border Mobility in The Dutch-German Border-region

Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria - The Migration-Border Nexus

Q & A

4:15 - Panel II : Walls and Borders in Canada

Élisabeth Vallet, Université du Québec à Montréal - Border Walls

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria - Borders in Globalization: Early Findings

Q & A

4:50 – 5:15 - Reception and Discussion

This symposium is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the EU Centre of Excellence, Borders in Globalization, and the Centre for Global Studies. This event has been funded with support from the European Commission through the Jean Monnet action.