Caterina Di Fazio on Phenomenology of Human Mobility
Friday, April 29, 2022 | 12:30pm EDT
Part of the Remarque Institute's ongoing Friday Lunch Seminar series, this is a hybrid event. Remarque Fellows will join in person and others may join virtually via Zoom. Members of the NYU community may reach out to email@example.com if they’d like to join us in person at 60 5th Avenue. RSVP is strictly required.
Zoom Registration: https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqc-6grzIpHdTdSy418Z5Bd5BaI7sRE9d0
Di Fazio will present on her current project, Phenomenology of Human Mobility, a comparative study of Mediterranean and Atlantic migration flows. It aims to understand new configurations of mobility and space vis à vis the externalization of borders, as well as to develop an ethics of borders based on the recognition of human rights and the relevance of migration narratives. Di Fazio seeks to provide a genealogy of the refugee status and a phenomenology of the migrant condition that both trace back to the birth of the nation-state in the Westphalian order and confront the issues of the present, focusing on the connection between freedom of movement and the right of self-preservation. This genealogy is double-sided: on the one hand, it analyses the permanence of the nation-state form of political spaces; and on the other, it sheds light on the refugee movements in the context of the European crisis and, more broadly, the crisis of the nation-state. It elucidates both the rights of non-citizens in our democracies, and the normative foundations of the modern state’s right to regulate migration—in other words, the right, for migrants, to access public and political space and the right, for states, to choose whether or not to grant the right of asylum.