Epidemics, xenophobia and narratives of propitiousness

International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Monday, 9 Dec 2019, 17:00

End date

Monday, 9 Dec 2019, 18:00

Room 4.39
International Institute of Social Studies
Spoken Language

In this Special Migration and Development Seminar, Ato Kwamena Onoma will discuss about 'Epidemics, xenophobia and narratives of propitiousness'

The heightening of exclusionary practices targeting migrants during epidemics often creates dilemmas for perpetrators whose resolution undermines the foundational structures of xenophobic narratives.

For many xenophobes, epidemics amplify dilemmas rooted in the chasm between neat dichotomizing exclusionary tropes and messy social realities. Escape efforts involving fabricating categories of special migrants that can be spared maltreatment undermine the homogenization and ossification of communities, and the elision of inter-communal links that are fundament to xenophobic discourses.

Exclusionary practices targeting Peul migrants from Guinea in Senegal during the 2013-2016 Ebola Virus Disease epidemic constitutes the arena for this study.