#2: “Refugees Welcome”: The Commodification of Political Status and Perspectives from the Cultural Industry

April 29th, 2013

What’s left of “refugees welcome”, the slogan popularized in Europe in 2015? What comes from speaking out in solidarity while having very limited power to achieve political change?

Field Station 5 – Live podcast

In this episode of the podcast series Migration: Perspectives on Displacement in the Anthropocene, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, a former policy advisor in the European Commission’s Division of Disaster and Crisis Management, talks about her work serving at the International and External Relations Directorate, where she managed an area of policy dealing with climate migration. Burnley discusses her current role as a cultural worker interrogating the buzzword phrase “refugees welcome,” how arts, culture and symbolic gestures are practiced, and whether they contribute to significant change or merely apathetic participation.