5th Conable Conference

Migration Crisis? What Crisis? Why Crisis? Thinking, Framing, and Theorizing Mass Mobility in a Globalized Age

March 31 - April 1, 2016

The Fifth Conable Conference explored the conceptualization of contemporary global mass mobility as a “crisis.” What does it mean to frame human migration with sensational terminology, such as crisis? How does language often associated with intractable problems, such as humanitarian or environmental disasters, or political stalemates, shape the responses to rapidly expanding transnational human mobility? The Conable Conference examined the nature of the “crisis,” the implications of framing migration as a “crisis,” and the history and present of “crisis” frameworks, management theories, and problem-solving. Employment of the “crisis” conceptualization is global in scope, but it is often applied regionally and nationally, such as the Australian response to refugee movements in the oceans north of the island-nation, the Mexico-US border, or the Mediterranean and Balkan overland routes into the Europe Union. Crisis language ushers in hasty responses, stimulates fraught political rhetoric, and resonates with persistent national and international political, economic, social, cultural, and religious tensions. But crisis language also mobilizes diverse resources, garners journalist and public attention, and instantiates emotional, moral, and ethical engagement.

For more information about this conference and its participants see: The Impact of Framing Migration as 'Crisis' (South Writ Large Spring 2016)