CELINE CANTAT

Name: Celine Cantat

Host Institution: MIGRINTER. Université de Poitier

Profile: Céline Cantat is a final-year PhD student in Refugees Studies at the University of East London currently spending a year at Migrinter in Poitiers as an INTEGRIM researcher. Before starting her PhD, Céline had graduated with a BA in European Studies at King’s College London in 2006. In 2008, she completed an MSc degree in Globalisation and Development at SOAS. Between 2008 and 2010, Céline lived in Damascus, Syria, where she worked with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. She has also been involved with various migrants’ rights’ organisations and networks in France and the UK.                                Her PhD research is concerned with the ways in which migrant solidarity activists and organisations in the European Union (EU) have responded to the Europeanisation of border controls and immigration management. In particular, she is examining the extent to which a process of transnationalisation of migration-related struggles has taken place in Europe, by interrogating the emergence of cross-border links between groups previously working in their own national contexts, the development of pan-European networks for the defence of migrants’ rights and interests as well as the coordination of various activities and campaigns across member-states’ borders. Her research is also looking at whether and which new political identities and subjectivities have emerged from this process. Céline’s fieldwork consisted in interviews and participant observation with migrant solidarity groups and networks in three EU member states, namely the UK, France and Italy. The fieldwork, which extended over the course of a year, aimed primarily at investigating the way in which the work of migration-related activists and organisations had evolved in response to the harmonisation of migration and asylum legislation in the EU. Besides questioning whether transnationalised practices were emerging among these groups, her fieldwork also investigated how activists from participating groups and networks related to the EU project and what form of European futures they were envisaging, both through their work and at a more personal level. Céline completed her fieldwork in 2013 and is in the writing-up stage of her PhD.

         Scientific Publications:

  • CANTAT, C. (2015). ‘Narratives and counter-narratives of Europe. Constructing and contesting Europeanity.’ The Cahiers ‘Mémoire et Politique, 2015/3, March.

         Conference Presentations:

  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Sussex Migration Graduate Conference. TITLE: “The Politics of Negligence and Spectacle in the Government of Migrants in Hungary”. DATE and PLACE: 26-27 April 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Seminar “Borders as Concepts”. TITLE:  ‘Staging the Border: the Case of Lampedusa’. DATE AND PLACE: 12 November 2015, Migrinter, Poitiers, FR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Scholarship and Social Sciences in a Global Era. TITLE: ‘Contesting Europe from its borders: Pro-migrant Solidarity in the UE’. DATE AND PLACE: 9 November 2015, University of East London, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Workshop “A Narrative Turn in European Studies?” (UACES-funded). TITLE: ‘Narratives and Counter-narratives of Europe. Constructing and Contesting Europeanity’. DATE AND PLACE: 13 October 2015, College of Europe, Bruges, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: UACES 45th Annual Conference. TITLE: ‘Questioning Europeanism: Migrant Solidarity Practices in the European Union’. DATE AND PLACE: 9 September 2015, Deusto University, Bilbao, ES
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Symposium on ‘Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’. TITLE: ‘Europe and Europeanity in Question. Migrant Solidarity in the European Union.’ DATE AND PLACE: 9 July 2015 at Warwick University, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: The role of women in poverty alleviation’ (Fourth international Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO). TITLE: ‘Women in refugee camps: victims and agents of peace’. DATE AND PLACE: 28 June 2015, UNESCO HQ, Paris, FR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Seminar ‘The Construction of Space in the Mediterranean: Supporting and Challenging Power’. TITLE: ‘Contester l’Européanité: l’émergence de la notion de solidarité méditerranéenne dans les associations de défense des migrants dans l’Union Européenne’. DATE AND PLACE: 27 May 2015, TELEMME, University Aix-Marseille, FR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Seminar ‘Borders as Concepts.’ TITLE: ‘Staging the Border: the Case of Lampedusa.’ DATE AND PLACE: 12 Nov. 2015, Migrinter, Poitiers, FR
  • CONFERENCE/EVENT: INTEGRIM Scientific meeting. TITLE: ‘Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Europe within pro-migrant circles in the European Union’. DATE AND PLACE: 11 May 2015, University of Liège, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Seminar ‘The Mediterranean in Motion’. TITLE: ‘Challenging borders, contesting Europeanism: “Mediterranean solidarity” among pro-migrant groups in the EU’. DATE AND PLACE: 5 May 2015, University of Edinburg, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM scientific meeting, TITLE: ‘Where is Europe? Who is European? Pro-migrant Activism in the European Union.’DATE AND PLACE: 9 Dec. 2014, Central European University, Budapest, HU

          Thesis Presentation:

  • “Contesting Europeanism: Discourses and Practices of Pro-migrant Organisations in the European Union”. Defended 4th June 2015, University of East London. Available at: http://roar.uel.ac.uk/4618/

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