Category: Speaking Back to Theory
This blog post describes how white supremacy works through European approaches to ‘manage’ migration from Africa. Iriann Freemantle argues that while it sometimes takes militant forms, the mainstream version of white supremacy is much more pervasive. Although still violent, it is rhetorically softer and avoids explicit racial bias. Yet, its basic premise remains: that whiteness…
This post reflects on theory-building and inequality in migration research related to African contexts, and the power of categorisations about displacement.
Historical mobilities in Africa challenge the conceptualisation of mobility and immobility as binaries. In this post, Rose Jaji elaborates on how contemporary migration governance on the continent can be traced back to the transplantation of Western notions of statehood and nationhood to Africa through colonialism, and how these ideas transformed migration and non-migration from continuums…
“Inequality isn’t just ‘out there’”: Interrogating disparities in research on mobilities and inequality in Africa
Cover photo by “flowcomm”, accessed on Flickr by Hassan Ould Moctar & Heike Drotbohm At a recent Point Sud workshop that took place 15-18 March 2023 in Accra and Cape Coast, we, a group of thirty scholars from several African and European countries, gathered to exchange and reflect on migration research in and from Africa. Over…