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Séminaire d’Anthropologie à Bruxelles - Brussels Anthropology (ABBA) : Nadia Fadil - le 26 avril 2019

Intervenant : Nadia Fadil (KU Leuven)

Titre : ‘The children of the Caliphate’. Anthropological reflections on the innocence and the right of return of the Children of Syria Foreign fighters

Résumé :

The issue of the so-called ‘returnees’, i.e. European Fighters who have joined militias in the Middle-East in the aftermaths of the Arab Spring, belongs to one of the most controversial issues in the current political debates. Even more controversial, is the status of their children. About five hundred children of Western-European fighters (France, Belgium, the Netherlands) are believed to be in the region wave and the European states have been divided as to which policy to adopt towards these children. Focussing on the case of Belgium, this paper takes off from the case of those who have been coined “the Children of the Caliphate” (van der Heide & Geenen 2017) to inquire into the ways in which international law, childhood protection, radicalisation, counter-terrorism measures and national rights become redefined and their effects on the determination of one’s legal agency, national belonging and even humanity. More particularly, I seek to understand how the question of the children sheds a particular light over the way in which the question of the state of exception comes to work, in particular within the domain of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Drawing on Arendt’s work, I want to suggest that it is precisely this condition of ‘innocence’, understood as the “complete lack of responsibility” (Arendt : 295), that enables the deployment of a politics of negligence, yet which is being challenged by a humanitarian ethos and policy. Ultimately, this presentation seeks to inquire into the status of the child of the enemy within the political body, and how the dispositif of radicalisation and the war on terror conditions and structures what counts as a valuable life.

Biographie :

Nadia Fadil is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the IMMRC (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre) at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. Her ethnographic focus is on the presence of Islam in Europe, both as a living tradition and as an object of governmental regulation and societal debate, on which she has published extensively in academic journals (such as HAU, Ethnicities, Identities, Social Anthropology, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Feminist Review) and edited volumes. More broadly, her theoretical interests pertain to questions of subjectivity and power, ethical selfhood, embodiment and affect, postcolonialism, race and secularism.

  • Quand ?

Le vendredi 26 avril 2019 de 14h30 à 16h00

  • Où ?

ULB - Campus du Solbosch

Institut de Sociologie (bâtiment S)

Salle Janne - 15e niveau

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles

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