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Cambridge Migration Society: Everyday Functionalists and the Limits of Politicised National Identity: The Case of Officers Seconded to Frontex and EASO in Lesvos

When Feb 26, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Alison Richard Building Rm 138
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The Cambridge Migration Society is pleased to present the Lent 2019 Graduate Migration Research Seminar Series.

The GMRSS offers PhD, MPhil, and Masters students currently engaged in research on migration an opportunity to present their work, get feedback and meet other graduate colleagues working on similar issues.

Presenters are from various fields, disciplines, and universities, and similarly, and we welcome attendees from across the University.

European studies argues that the European integration process has moved from permissive consensus to a restrictive dissensus, making further integration increasingly fraught. The postfunctionalist paradigm offers that this is a natural consequence of integration, which leads to politicisation, which in turn activates national identities. This investigation focuses on member state police and asylum officers seconded by Frontex and EASO to support the Greek government in Lesvos. Based on a series of 28 recorded interviews and deep ethnographic research with the deployed officers, this investigation asks whether they develop a certain ‘everyday functionalism’, which works as a countervailing identity.

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