Upcoming seminar: Humanitarian borders and mobility in Europe 2015-2022

Humanitarianism between care and control

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is hosting a seminar on the state of Europe’s ‘humanitarian borders’ from Thursday 1 to Friday 2 December at Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo.

What is the state of Europe’s ‘humanitarian borders’ in 2022?

With increasing reference to the concept of humanitarian borders from 2015 onwards, this seminar will take stock of how humanitarian borders have evolved in and alongside Europe’s borders since 2015 and discuss key challenges today, between new and protracted reception sites.

While examining different realities of borders across the Mediterranean, the freezing forests between Belarus and Poland, Norway’s border with Russia, the situation in and around Calais and people crossing the English channel, this seminar will explore the tension between humanitarian organisations, volunteers and the state over who should respond and act in scenarios of humanitarian suffering, as well as debates over who should receive protection and not.


Thursday December 1

  • 12:30-14:00 Introductory Session: Europe`s Humanitarian Borders from 2015 to 2022
  • 14:30-16:00 Citizen and Grassroots Humanitarianism at Europe’s Borders: A book talk: Conversation with the authors of “Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders” (edited volume) and “Humanitarian Borders: Unequal mobility and saving lives”

Friday December 2

  • 09-10:30: Breakfast seminar: Pets Beyond Borders: Norwegian responses to the Ukrainian influx

Find out more about the seminar program here.

To register for this seminar please email, indicating which session you would like to attend, your name and institute affiliation.

This seminar forms part of and concludes the HumBORDER project (2017-2022), led by NCHS Co-Director Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO).