Harragas: a lecture on North African migration
New borders in the era of globalization
On Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., join us in the Andrea and Charles Bronfman In-Transit Theatre for a special lecture presented in French by Dr. Jean-Jacques Defert of Dalhousie University.
The lecture by Dr. Defert will focus on the phenomenon of harragas (literally “burners”), people who have decided to cross the borders between Europe and Africa illegally in order to try their luck and rebuild their lives in Europe. Between the two continents lies an enormous natural obstacle, the Mediterranean Sea, which thousands attempt to cross in rudimentary boats.
One glaring example of this are the hopeful exiles – boat people of a new era – whose overloaded vessels were shipwrecked at the gateway to Europe near the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013.
Who are these exiles? What makes them leave? How do the media, politicians, and artists of the Maghreb view this phenomenon? These are the questions that this lecture will attempt to answer.
The special lecture is free and all are welcome. The lecture is presented in partnership with Alliance Française d’Halifax and Dalhousie University.