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Crises and Victims

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Karl Polányi Center for Global Social Studies and Eszmélet, Quarterly Journal for Social Critique announce the following event



26/27 February, 2016



February 26, 18:00

Art+ Cinema (Örökmozgó Film Theater): 1074 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 39.

Film screening: We are young. We are strong (Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark) Directed by Burhan Qurbani, 2014. German with Hungarian subtitles (123 minutes)


The film is followed by a roundtable discussion:

Speakers: Annamária Artner (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of World Economics), József Böröcz (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), Tamás Krausz (Eszmélet, Eötvös Loránd University), Luca László (Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights).

Discussion led by Attila Melegh (Corvinus University of Budapest)


Facebook event of Film screening:


February 27,  9:00 - 18:00

Corvinus University, Fővám tér 8, Lecture room III. (ground floor)

The workshop is open to registered audience.
Registration at is open till 25/02/16


Facebook event of Workshop:


Opening address:
  • Joanna Gwiazdecka (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation)

  • Iván Szelényi (William Graham Sumner Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Yale University)


I.The current refugee crisis in global and historical perspectives
  • József Böröcz (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick): Materialist background to the 2015 'refugee crisis of Europe’

  • Prem Kumar Rajaram (CEU, Budapest): Common marginalisations: governing migrants and subaltern populations

  • Susan Zimmermann (CEU, Budapest): Gender, anti/feminism, imperialism - the current “refugee crisis” through the lens of gender history


Coffee break 10:30 – 10:50


II. Political critique and political developments
  • Savas Michael-Matsas (University of Athens, Athens): Crisis and refugees - the moment of truth for Europe

  • András Kováts (Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants, Budapest): Risk, securitization or moral panic? The Common European Asylum System at a crossroads

  • Dagmar Svendova (transform! europe, Vienna): The refugee crisis and Eastern Europe

  • Lukas Neissl: Recent discourses in Austria


Lunch 12:20 – 13:20


III. The current refugees crisis from national perspectives
  • M. Murat Erdoğan (Hacettepe University/ HUGO, Ankara): The integration process of Syrian refugees in Turkey

  • Burak Gürel (Department of Sociology, Koç University, İstanbul): The Syrian civil war and Turkey's transformation into the world's biggest refugee camp.

  • Florin Poenaru (CriticAtac, Bucharest): Schengenfreude: fear and melancholy in Romania during the refugee crisis

  • Irina Molodikova (CEU, Budapest) and Julianna Faludi (Corvinus University, Budapest) Refugees in the Ukrainian crisis: running West or East?

  • Patryk Walaszkowski (Krytyka Polityczna, Warsaw): How much do you know about the Others? The state policy and discourse about refugees in Poland



Coffee break 15:45 – 16:00


IV. Locals, “aliens”, and contexts
  • Margit Feischmidt (Institute for Minority Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest): From aliens to enemies. When social contacts do not frame perceptions in local communities

  • Georgos Tsimouris (Panteio University, Athens): Reactions of locals on the extensive arrivals of refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos: Tensions between solidarity, philanthropy and the protection of the borders

  • Vincent Liegey (Degrowth Movement, Budapest): The "migrant crisis" is the consequence of our model of civilisation addicted to growth


V. Concluding remarks:
  • Attila Melegh (Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest)

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