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Advancing Alternative Migration Governance
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8-10 June 2022 Workshop Mediation in Migration Governance. The Multiple Facets of Protection (Mytileni, Lesvos, Greece)


This 3-day workshop at the University of the AEGEAN (Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece) is co-organised by AdMiGov,  the HumCities project and the Refugee Observatory of AEGEAN University.

WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE

16:00 – 16:15    Welcome by the AEGEAN University Authorities, The Department of Social Anthropology and History and the Observatory of the Refugee and Migration Crisis in the Aegean

 

MEDIATED INTERACTIONS IN THE HUMANITARIAN ARENA

Chair: Katarina Rozaku

16.15 – 16.30    Introducing the project ‘Settling in the 'humanitarian city': The social, cultural, and political impact of the interaction between asylum seekers, agents of humanitarian governance and local society in Greece [Human(c)ity]

16.30 – 16.50    Village reborn in humanity: Mediation in the making of the humanitarian arena - Evthymios Papataxiarchis (University of the Aegean) and Alexandra Zavos (University of Crete)

16.50 – 17.10    The ‘humanitarian town’: An overview of the humanitarian scene in Mytilene (Lesvos) - Pavsanias Karathanasis (University of the Aegean) with Kelly Avanidou (University of the Aegean)

17.10 – 17.30    Comments and discussion - Thea Hilhorst (Erasmus University)

 

17.30 – 18.00    BREAK

 

18.00 – 18.20    Mediating accommodation in the  ESTIA program in Athens - Marica Rombou Levidis (University of the Aegean)

18.20 – 18.40    Informal practices of mediation in the process of asylum seekers' settlement in Athens - Ervin Shehu (University of the Aegean)

18.40 - 19.00    Spatialities of mediation? Refugee-serving NGOs and community business networks in downtown Thessalonik - Panos Hatziprokopiou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Alexandra Siotou (University of Thessaly)

19.00 – 19.30    Comments and discussion -  Maria Kastrinou (Brunel University)

 

19.30 – 19.45     BREAK

 

THE EXPERIENCE OF MEDIATION IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION

Chair: Shahram Khosravi

19.45 – 21.00    Round Table

Stakeholders and intermediators (including advisors and interpreters) in the fields of humanitarian protection, accommodation, asylum, medical aid, travel and education.

 

 

 

THURSDAY 9 JUNE

THE PRACTICE OF PROTECTION AT THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE: A VIEW FROM BELOW

Chair: Anja van Heelsum (University of Amsterdam)

 

10.00 – 10.15        Introduction: Studying protection at the borderlands of Europe - Evthymios Papataxiarchis (University of the Aegean)

10.15 – 10.45   ‘People are more than their migration status’: Protection beyond convention-centrism and containment - Polly Pallister Wilkins (University of Amsterdam)

10.45 - 11.05   Protection in a hostile environment: An on-the-ground study of protection practices in                           Lesvos and Athens (Greece) - Natasha Anastasiadou (University of the Aegean) and Alexandra Zavou (University of      Crete)

11.05 – 11.25     COFFEE BREAK

11.25 – 11.45     Protection as a spatial Issue: Politics and practices of internal mobility in Turkish forced                       migration Context - Ayşen Üstübici (Koç University) and Sibel Karadağ (Koç University)

11.45 – 12.05    Displaced Syrians in Lebanon: Protection amidst crises - Gabriella Trovato, Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Nayla Al-Akl (American University of Beirut)

12.05 - 12.25    Protection problems of people on the move  - Roberto Forin (Mixed Migration Centre)

12.25 – 12.45     Comments - Rinus Penninx (University of Amsterdam) and Effie Voutira (University of Macedonia)

12.45 – 13.00   Discussion

 

13.00 – 14.30   LUNCH BREAK

 

MEDIATION IN HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

Chair: Effie Voutira

14.30 – 14.50   Smuggling as humanitarian intervention - Shahram Khosravi (Stokholm University)

14.50 – 15.10   Protection at my own terms: Human smuggling and unaccompanied Syrian minors - Luigi Achilli (European University Institute)

15.10 -15.30   Mediation in refugees’ pandemic responses in a Palestinian Camp in Lebanon -  Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (University College London)

15.30 – 15.50   Discussion

15.50 – 16.10   BREAK

16.10 – 16.30    Mediating official refugee reception policies in the urban environment of Istanbul - Aysen Ustubici (Koc University)

16.30 – 16.50    Mediators: Tensions in a profession in the making - Katerina Rozakou (Panteion University)

16.50 – 17.10   Brokering care in Athens social clinics': Informal medical protection of refugees and                              Greek citizens - Heath Cabot (Pittsburgh University)

17.10 – 17.30   Solidarity and Intermediation: Affinity Ties in Humanitarianism - Anne-Meike Fechter (University of Sussex)

17.30- 18.00   Discussion

 

FRIDAY 10 JUNE

 

DEALING WITH GAPS IN HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION

Chair: Evthymios Papataxiarchis

10.00 – 12.00    Second Round Table (with stakeholders)

                        Official actors (Municipal and state authorities, EU, UNHCR, International and Greek NGOs), Unofficial  actors  (migrant collectivities, alternative activist initiatives), representatives of migrant associations

 

12.00 - 12.15    COFFEE BREA

 

12:15-12.30    War and migration: The management of Ukrainian refugees influx to Poland - Patrycja Matusz (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

12.30 – 12.45    Discussion

 

You can register for the workshop by sending an email to: refugeeobservatory@aegean.gr