Africa at Noon on November 11, 2015

The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: Perspectives from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

A round table discussion with
Paul Cardwell
Reader in EU External Relations Law and Director of Internationalisation, School of Law
University of Sheffield

Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Lecturer, School of Law
University of Sheffield

Sharon Hutchinson
Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Başak Yavçan
Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor of Political Science, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey

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Time and Location

12:00pm, Room DE335, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI

*Note: The Pyle center requests that you enjoy your lunch before or after the event. Coffee and tea will be provided.


This roundtable will be hosted via live video link and include panelists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Sheffield’s Centre for International and European Law. The panelists will offer a broad view of the refugee crisis by offering European, African, and Middle Eastern perspectives


PJC headshotPaul James Cardwell’s areas of expertise lie in European Union (EU) Law and Politics, with a particular emphasis on External Relations and Migration. His first book (2009) used the Mediterranean and Migration to explore the complexity of the EU’s legal and political relations beyond its borders. More recently, he has published articles in leading journals on the contemporary governance of EU migration and in particular ‘new modes of governance’. He is currently looking at how migration fits into the debate in the run-up to the UK referendum on EU membership.

bridphotoBríd Ní Ghráinne is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield where she teaches international law, human rights law, and the law of forced migration. Bríd completed her doctorate in 2014 at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her research was funded primarily by the National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship in Law and focused on the relationship between the protection of Internally Displaced Persons and International Refugee Law. Bríd also holds an LLM cum laude in Public International Law from Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands, and a BCL (International) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously, she worked as a legal researcher in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Photo on 10-22-15 at 12 05 PM (2)For 35 years, Sharon Hutchinson has investigated war-inflected processes of social and cultural change among the (South) Sudanese Nuer, whose oil-rich homelands have provided the main battlegrounds for Sudan’s, north/south, civil war (1983-2005) and for South Sudan’s, post-independence implosion (2013-present). Hutchinson’s intellectual interests include the making and unmaking of fragile states, forced migration, ethnicity, gendered violence, militia formation, grassroots peace movements, post-conflict reconstruction and human rights. Her most recent research focuses on South Sudan’s tumultuous 2005-2015 period and reveals the powerful roles indigenous prophets play in setting the moral limits of violence and in weighing the legitimacy claims of rival state elites (American Ethnologist, August 2015).

photo (3)Başak Yavçan is the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University and an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey. She received her PhD from University of Pittsburgh with a focus on comparative politics and international relations and worked as a visiting researcher at New York University. She specializes in comparative political behavior, mostly in relation to inter-group relations in the forms of public opinion toward immigration and the European Union (EU) and comparative immigrant acculturation attitudes. She published several articles, reports, and book chapters on German attitudes towards immigration, on public opinion towards Turkish accession in the EU, on the effect of newspaper frames on Euroskepticism in Germany and Turkey and on the role of social inclusion in bolstering institutional trust among European Muslims. She has also published on the Europeanization of the Turkish Parliament, state pressures on Turkish media as well as the change and determinants of media criticism of the government in Turkey. Her current research focuses on the inter-group dynamics resulting from the mass influx of Syrian refugees in Turkey with an emphasis on the  societal and political attitudes of Syrian displaced people. She is a member of and reviewer for several academic associations and the regional coordinator of the Turkish non-partisan, election monitoring NGO “Vote and Beyond”.​

This roundtable event is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the African Studies Program.