Publication of ‘Haven’ Book

Haven Front Cover - JPGHaven (Edward Elgar 2020) has just been published! The book offers a transformative understanding of security in responding to the Mediterranean refugee crisis by drawing critically on the UN concept of ‘human security’. From a range of Arts, Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and through case studies incorporating key governmental, NGO and refugee perspectives, the book critiques the major geopolitical, economic and social issues of the crisis. It documents the prioritisation of population management techniques that are underpinned by conventional territorial logics of security, before considering the alternative priorities of human security that can facilitate an active human rights framework and a more holistic and humanitarian interventionism. In advancing a human security approach to the crisis, the book interrogates the human consequences of conflict and displacement, challenges the impoverished thinking of statist security agendas that divide the world into zones of sanctuary and abandonment, and reflects critically upon our interconnected global sense of precarity, particularly so in our COVID-19 world.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Intervening for Human Security
John Morrissey, National University of Ireland, Galway

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

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

Chapter 4: ‘Disposable People’: Borderlands and State Securitization in the EU
Claire Dorrity, University College Cork

Chapter 5: Situating Marginalised Human Geographies: A Human Security Approach to Direct Provision
TJ Hughes, National University of Ireland, Galway

Chapter 6: Seeking Safe Haven in Canada: Geopolitics and Border Crossings after the Safe Third Country Agreement
Jennifer Hyndman, York University, and Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University

Chapter 7: The Only Honest Thief: Critiquing the Role of Human Smugglers
Julian Bloomer, University of Limerick

Chapter 8: Operation PONTUS: An Eye Witness Account from On Board L.É. NIAMH
Michael Brunicardi, Irish Navy

Chapter 9: Disrupting Imagined Geographies: Media, Power and Representation in Contemporary Migration
Ryan Browne, Independent Scholar, and Kathy Reilly, National University of Ireland, Galway

Chapter 10: Discounting the Displaced: Examining Hungary’s Denial of Human Security for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Teo Bicchieri, Independent Scholar, and Valerie Ledwith, National University of Ireland, Galway

Chapter 11: Hierarchies of Race, Gender and Mobility in the Journey to Irish Citizenship
Margaret Brehony, University College Cork

Chapter 12: Performing Home, Security and Solidarity in the Everyday: The Alternative Refugee Accommodation of City Plaza
V’cenza Cirefice, National University of Ireland, Galway

Chapter 13: Human Security and International Human Rights law in the Mediterranean Crisis
Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, University of Murcia

Chapter 14: A Human Security Perspective on Migration to Europe
Ali Bilgic, Loughborough University, Des Gasper, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Cathy Wilcock, Erasmus University Rotterdam

About Prof. John Morrissey

John has published widely in the areas of geopolitics, imperialism, security and development. His books include Negotiating Colonialism (2003), Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (2014), The Long War (2017) and Haven (2020). His research has been supported by various grants, from the British Academy, Clinton Institute for American Studies, ESRC and IRC, and in recent years he has held research fellowships at City University of New York, LUISS University Rome, Virginia Tech, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to teaching. At NUI Galway, he is the Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development, a leading Masters programme attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of accolades for its 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 for a second time in 2018, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.
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