In light of the nearing European Parliament elections in which migration features high on electoral agendas, and at a time when the new EU Pact on Migration is put in place, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the LSE European Institute join hands with critical scholars to examine the interactions between border practices and the character of the EU.

Register now for Race and Empire in Europe’s Borders

This online and in-person event (on LSE Campus) puts Critical Border Studies in conversation with Postcolonial and Critical Race Studies to detect the colonial logic of former empires that lives on in the EU border discourse, policy, and practice.

When? Thursday, 23 May 2024 at 10.30AM to 5.30PM BST (‎UTC+1)‎.

Where? LSE Campus or online. To tune in to the event online, you should still register below and contact Charlotte at for Zoom information. 

Programme and Speakers

Find details about the agenda in the Event Programme or Event Page.

We will be joined by esteemed speakers:

  • Nadine El-Enany, University of Kent; 
  • Emmanuel Achiri, ENAR; 
  • Janine Silga, Dublin City University; 
  • Tarsis Brito, LSE; 
  • Hope BarkerArshad Isakjee, University of Liverpool; 
  • Thom Davies, University of Nottingham; 
  • Jelena Obradovic-Wolchnik, Aston University; 
  • Magda El Ghamari, Collegium Civitas; 
  • Eva Polonska, LSE; 
  • Patrick Kimunguyi, LSE; 
  • Martina Tazzioli, University of Bologna.

The panellists will pose several questions about the relationship between Europe’s border/ing and Europe’s past and present colonialisms:

  • What role does racialised violence, past and present colonialisms of EU and its member states play in EU border security today? 
  • What does the European border look like from the other side?  
  • What kind of relationships does the border create between the EU and those who attempt to cross it?  
  • What kind of Europe has emerged from its border practices? 

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