Haven Book Publication

Emanating from the Haven Project is a forthcoming book from Edward Elgar Publishing in 2019, Haven: The Mediterranean Crisis and Human Security. The book focuses on the concept of ‘human security’ in offering an alternative envisioning of a people-centred security in relation to the Mediterranean crisis. Leading international authors from a range of AHSS disciplines will document the key political, economic and social issues of the crisis, including: the legal mechanisms enabling or blocking asylum; the biopolitical systems for managing large numbers of displaced peoples; and the multiple, overlapping historical precedents of today’s challenges. A human security approach to issues such as displacement can instructively conceptualize the intricacies of the challenges faced, but it can also build a politics of solidarity in proffering integrated solutions that call out the failure of top-down, technocratic security measures and herald instead the potential of bottom-up, people-centred intervention. A core book aim is to facilitate a collaborative public scholarship about how the crisis is being responded to. To this end, the book coalesces a diversity of academic, governmental, NGO and community voices in challenging how Western interventionism has dominantly but ineffectively been driven by macro-level geopolitical and military visions. It seeks instead to advance a more holistic, humanitarian approach that can deliver a sustainable future of human security for all.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Intervening for Human Security
John Morrissey, NUI Galway

Chapter 2: Critical Human Security: Reclaiming a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Dignity and Recognition
Lorraine Elliott, Australian National University

Chapter 3: Between Reparations and Security: Ireland and the European Refugee Crisis
Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University

Chapter 4: ‘Disposable People’: The Bordering of Asylum
Claire Dorrity, University College Cork

Chapter 5: Hierarchies of Refuge and Gender in the Journey to Irish Citizenship
Margaret Brehony, Society for Irish Latin American Studies

Chapter 6: Seeking safe haven in Canada: geopolitics and border crossings after the Safe Third Country Agreement
Jennifer Hyndman, and Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University

Chapter 7: Human trafficking and biopolitical insecurities in the European Union
Julian Bloomer, University of Limerick

Chapter 8: The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: Operation PONTUS and an Eyewitness Account from On Board L.É. Niamh
Mike Brunicardi, Irish Navy

Chapter 9: Deconstructing the Figure of the Refugee
Ryan Browne and Kathy Reilly, NUI Galway

Chapter 10: Discounting the Displaced: Examining Hungary’s Orchestrated Unwelcome for Irregular Migrants and Asylum Seeker
Teo Bicchieri and Valerie Ledwith, NUI Galway

Chapter 11: Situating Marginalised Human Geographies: A Human Security Approach to Direct Provision
Thomas Hughes, NUI Galway

Chapter 12: Performing Home, Security and Solidarity in the Everyday: The Alternative Refugee Accommodation of City Plaza
V’cenza Cirefice, Independent Scholar

Chapter 13: Human Security and International Human Rights Law in the Mediterranean Crisis
Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Universidad de Murcia

Chapter 14: Afterword: Human Security in the 21st Century
Des Gasper, Erasmus University Rotterdam


About John Morrissey

John graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class degree in Natural Science, majoring in Geography, before beginning an ESRC-funded PhD in Geography at the University of Exeter. After completing his PhD, John taught at Exeter for a year before going to NUI Galway where he lectures on political and cultural geography. His current research explores the interventionary practices of US national security interests in the Middle East, with particular reference to US Central Command (CENTCOM). He received a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Fellowship in 2007/2008 for a research project on CENTCOM, which he spent at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center. He recently published a geopolitical history of CENTCOM for University of Georgia Press entitled 'The Long War', much of which was drafted during a year-long fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2013/2014. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to his teaching. In 2009, he coordinated the establishment of the MA in Environment, Society & Development at NUI Galway, for which he is Programme Director. It has been a leading Masters programme at NUI Galway since, attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of research and teaching accolades for its international civic engagement element, which involves students working on the ground with the UN in Bosnia. John won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at NUI Galway in 2011, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.
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