WES 1 : Migration

The Scarecrows of Climate Change:

Security Discourses on Environmental Migration


27 November 2014

Location: Académie des Sciences d’Outre-Mer – 15 Rue La Pérouse, 75116 Paris

The Scarecrows of Climate Change – Paris 27 nov 14 – Programme


9.30         Coffee and registration

 10.00      Welcome and introductions

  • President of the Academy of Overseas Sciences

Welcome address

  • François Gemenne (Sciences Po – Politics of the Earth / UVSQ / ULg)

Presentation of the workshop and of the WES Series

  • Bruno Latour (TBC)

Presentation of the Politics of the Earth programme

10.30      Panel 1 – Environment, Security, and Rhetoric

Chair: Edouard Kaminski (Paris Institute for Earth Physics – Politics of the Earth)   

  • Philippe Bourbeau (University of Cambridge)

Logics of Security: Exceptionalist discourses or routinized practices?

  • Damien Vallot (IEP de Bordeaux)

Climate change and the “disappearance of territories”: an analysis of the discourses on Tuvalu and Kiribati

  • Angela Oels (University in Hagen)

Climate justice and the discourse of climate change induced migration

12.00      Lunch

13.30      Panel 2 – Images and representations of ‘climate refugees’

Chair: Thomas Ribémont (University Paris 13 – Politics of the Earth)

  • Gregory White (Smith College)

Building a Wall in North Africa: Morocco’s Looming Role as a Transit State for Climate-Induced Migration

  • Calum Nicholson (University of Swansea)

‘Environmental migration': the problem of labelling, and our alternatives

  • François Gemenne (Sciences Po. – Politics of the Earth / UVSQ / ULg)

Anthropocene and its Victims: How They Became the Human Face of Climate Change

15.00      Coffee break

15.30      Public discourses in the run-up to COP21: Engaging the debate with journalists

Roundtable with

  • Karine Le Loët (Terra Eco)
  • Hervé Kempf (Reporterre)
  • Anne-Sophie Novel (Le Monde, Le 1 Hebdo, L’Express, Kaizen)
  • Agnès Sinaï (Actu-Environnement, Le Monde Diplomatique)

17.00      Conclusions

  • Jean-René Garcia (CERAL – University Paris 13)