Conference Report

Emily Nickel, Ben Globerman, and Jay Ramasubramanyam recently returned from the State of the EU in Canada and in the Pacific Asia” conference at the University of Victoria, which took place between May 25 to 27, 2016. Their travel was made possible by a generous grant from the Centre for European Studies (CES) at Carleton University. 

Emily and Ben, MA Candidates in the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, as well as members of the Mobility and Politics Collective, presented their research on the strategic deployment of human rights norms in the most recent leadership elections of Canada and the European Commission, specifically focusing on how the “flexibility” of normative language affects the securitization of refugees. They hope to spur further understanding of the power of electoral strategy on the manipulation of norms, especially in times of crisis or heightened political interest in humanitarian issues, and the potential effects this may have on refugee protection. 

Jay, a PhD candidate in Law, and a member of the Mobility and Politics Collective, presented on Europe’s unrecognized states and their relationship with the EU. His presentation gave an overview of the implications of the unstable regional engagement of unrecognized states on nationalism, citizenship and identity. The paper also covered some brief points on the international law and political theory rhetoric on statehood.

We’d like to thank the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Victoria for the wonderful conference, as well as the (BIG) project, CES at Carleton University and Professor Martin Geiger and the Mobility and Politics Collective for their support.