« Week of February 18, 2019 »
Start: 19 Feb 2019 12:00
End: 19 Feb 2019 14:00

In the aftermath of large refugee arrivals in 2015, EU regulations and national asylum laws were tightened, especially those regarding reception and accommodation. This presentation introduces the concept of “campization” to explain the impact of law and policy changes on the socio-spatial configuration and functions of refugee accommodation in European capital regions. Based on ideas of “legal violence” and “slow violence” as well as on qualitative research concerning case studies for Athens, Berlin and Copenhagen, the presenter will discuss the links between the tensioning of asylum laws, the reduction of living conditions and the (re-)constitution of large accommodations as means of socio-spatial exclusion. The presenter argues that refugee accommodation in European cities has increasingly been transformed into large, camp-like structures with lowered living standards and a closed character. This is shown by the structural, functional, and socio-spatial characteristics of the accommodation in the three case studies, as well as the legal and political objectives that determine the campization of accommodation. The contribution lastly highlights changing notions and forms of containment, exclusion, and temporality as part of campization, and links this process to current trends in asylum and urban development. 

Start: 22 Feb 2019 08:30
End: 22 Feb 2019 16:15

You are cordially invited to participate in the conference which will be held on Friday 22 February 2019 at the Institute for European Studies, VUB in Brussels.

At the outset of the “Drone Age” with the comprehensive commercialisation of drones for leisure activities, and multiple applications for professional as well as business purposes, the European Union (EU) is setting up a new policy framework for drones. The EU’s core objective is to facilitate the safe integration of civil drones into the European airspace from 2019 on.

In this context, this timely conference will bring together researchers and stakeholders with different backgrounds to discuss the multi-dimensional implications and issues related to the upcoming “Drone Age”.

To register, please fill in the following online form.

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Start: 22 Feb 2019 08:30
End: 22 Feb 2019 14:30

The Japan Forum for Strategic Studies (JFSS), the Institute for European Studies (IES), and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies are organising the joint seminar “Northeast Asia’s Security Environment: Focus on the Rule of Law and Regional Order”. 

At this seminar, panelists will mainly discuss issues related to territorial disputes involving Japan. The discussions will also focus on comparing experiences with territorial disputes in Europe, as well as on the rule of law and developments related to regionalism in East Asia.

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