Patrick Boucheron, Alain Prochiantz

Migrants, Refugees, and Exile Colloquium at the Collège de France Publication date : October 25, 2017

Patrick Boucheron is professor of history at the Collège de France. He holds the chair in the History of Powers in Thirteenth-Sixteenth Century Western Europe.

Introduction by Alain Prochiantz, director of the Collège de France, holder of the chair in Morphogenetic Processes.
With contributions by Michel Agier, Sébastien Balibar and Diane Dosso, Patrick Boucheron, Pierre Briant, Dominique Charpin, Annie Cohen-Solal, François-Xavier Fauvelle, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Lluis Danièle Lochak, Quintana Murci, Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky, Benjamin Stora, Alain Tarrius, Hélène Thiollet, Isabelle Thireau.
Round table participants: Pascal Brice, Dimitris Christopoulos, Peter Harling, Fabienne Lassale, Leoluca Orlando, Ousmane Oumarou Sidibé.
Since the summer of 2015, the term “migrant crisis” has been used to describe the massive number of refugees who have arrived from the Middle East. This migration supposedly challenges the security of Europe. But it is also possible that it is the crisis in Europe that is being highlighted by this arrival of refugees: it is indeed the question of human rights and that of the contributions of immigration to our societies that are at issue here.

This work, which comes out of the 2016 autumn colloquium at the Collège de France situates the “migrant crisis” in the long term. Using the illuminating resources of history, psychology, economics, law, and geography, the authors examine these great population movements, whether they are diasporas, colonizations, requests for asylum or for refuge. What are the connections between these exoduses and globalization? What are the consequences and political, but also philosophical, repercussions of them? What weight should be given to hospitality and to the exiled?