Book presentation - The Ethics of Exile: A Political Theory of Diaspora
Ashwini Vasanthakumar, Matthew J Gibney, Cathryn Costello
External events Special seminars and lectures
Monday, 09 May 2022, 5pm to 6pm
Online via Zoom
Hosted by Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Berlin
A panel discussion with author Dr Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s Law School) and discussant Professor Matthew J Gibney (University of Oxford), moderated by Professor Cathryn Costello (Hertie School). The event is hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights in collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.
Time: 5-6pm UK / 6-7pm CEST
About the book: Exiles have long been transformative actors in their homelands: they foment revolution, sustain dissent, and work to create renewed political institutions and identities back home. Ongoing waves of migration ensure that they will continue to play these vital roles. Rather than focus on what exiles mean for the countries they enter - a perspective that often treats them as passive victims - The Ethics of Exile recognises their political and moral agency, and explores their rich and vital relationship to the communities they have left. It offers a rare view of the other side of the migration story.
Engaging with a series of case studies, this book identifies the responsibilities and rights exiles have and the important roles they play in homeland politics. It argues that exile politics performs two functions: it can correct defective political institutions back home, and it can counter asymmetries of voice and power abroad. In short, exiles can act both as a linchpin and a buffer between political communities in crisis and the international actors who seek to, variously, aid and exploit them. When we think about the duties we owe to those forced to leave their homes, we should consider how to enable rather than thwart these roles.
The Ethics of Exile: A political theory of diaspora can be ordered from the Oxford University Press website. We invite you to enjoy a 30% discount by using the code ASFLYQ6.
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About the speakers
Ashwini Vasanthakumar is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Legal and Political Philosophy at Queen’s Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford, where she studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar.
Matthew J Gibney is Professor of Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford, Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. He is also Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He has written widely on the political and ethical issues raised by refugees, citizenship, and migration control.
Cathryn Costello is Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is a leading scholar of international and European refugee and migration law and also explores the relationship between migration and labour law in her work. She is also Professor II at the University of Oslo and is on special leave from her previous post as Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.