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Olivette Otele and Blanca Garcés

New and Old Frontiers


The historian Olivette Otele and the political scientist Blanca Garcés speak about the cultural and political frontiers that have marked the history of Europe.

Free circulation of people is one of the founding elements of the European Union. This possibility of movement has enabled the emergence of a space shared by citizens, but it has also drawn excluding limits for those who remain outside. Olivette Otele, an expert in Europe’s colonial history, is a teacher at SOAS University of London, and Blanca Garcés is a CIDOB researcher and expert in immigration, integration, and asylum policies. In this session, they speak with philosopher and writer Karima Ziali about the influence of the European colonial legacy and its connection with the cultural and political frontiers of Europe today.

Participants: Olivette Otele, Blanca Garcés, Karima Ziali

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