Thursday, October 20, 2022
man wearing white shirt and glasses
associate professor of sociology at Grinnell College Dr. Xavier Escandell 

The European Studies Group will present a guest lecture by Dr. Xavier Escandell entitled "Ethnonational Diversity and Variation in Immigrant Deservingness Amidst Institutional Turmoil in Europe" on Friday, November 11, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

Immigration and ethnonational diversity in the context of Europe is a salient political issue shaped by emerging manifestations of prejudice towards different categories of migrant populations. The premise of this talk is that European public discourses often mirror the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee discourses embraced by political parties and elites in instances of institutional and political turmoil. During his presentation, Dr. Escandell will examine these public and political elite discourses in several contexts: throughout the UK’s process of breaking up with the EU (BREXIT) and during the 2015 Syrian and European refugee crisis (and tangentially, the ongoing war and displacement of refugees from Ukraine). Additionally, Dr. Escandell will discuss the social movements and strategic opportunities that politicians and other stakeholders consider when they put radical institutional reforms on the table.

Dr. Xavier Escandell is an associate professor of sociology at Grinnell College. His research explores immigration, transnationalism, and race/ethnic relations in the context of Western and Eastern Europe and Latin America. His published work appears in journals such as Annual Review of Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Science Research, International Migration, International Migration Review, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies among others.

For more information on the European Studies Group and upcoming events, visit the ESG webpage.

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