CANCELED/POSTPONED - The Invisible "Jungle" of Calais: Migration & Photography at the Borders of Europe

September 19, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Eric Leleu, Vincent Joos, Helen Solterer
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
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** Due to storm impacts from Hurricane Florence, this event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule this public lecture to a future date.**

In 2016, the British funded the construction of a thirteen-foot-high and half-mile-long anti-intrusion barrier in Calais, France. The "Great Wall of Calais", that cost three million dollars and disfigures the dune landscape surrounding the port, is only one element in a large array of security infrastructures transforming this region over the past fifteen years. Once more this city is a choke point for thousands of migrants; on the front-lines of the debate over those fleeing conflicts in the Middle-East, East and North Africa, or seeking a better life. On the occasion of a photo exhibition in the John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, this panel discussion with a photographer and a cultural anthropologist will consider the social challenges and consequences of migration by exploring the methods used to deter migrants from coming to Calais and prevent them from crossing to Britain. A series of photographs, 2017-2018, will be at the heart of the discussion, images that render visible the materialization of hardline immigration policies at the border between Europe and Brexit-land. Panelists will address migration in the North of France to shed light on political developments in the region. At issue is thinking about life in places where barbed wired fences, watchtowers, flooded zones bar the horizon, and police brutality is a daily affair.

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • John Hope Franklin Center
  • Observatory on Europe
  • Wednesdays at the Center Series