Professor Michel Agier

Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

‘Towards a global encampment?’

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Michel Agier

In his keynote, Michel Agier examines first the general characteristics of encampment as observed in African refugees’ camps contexts – with the triple feature of extraterritorial, exception and exclusion space before documenting and commenting on the dissemination of the camp’ solution in Europe in the context of the recent so-called “refugee crisis”. He concludes by questioning the critical perspective of a Global Encampment as the social organization of the world to come.

Michel Agier is an Anthropologist, Professor (Directeur d’études) at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) and Senior Researcher at Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD). His main interests are Human Globalization, Exile and Urban Marginalities. After several years of fieldwork investigations in West Africa and Latin America, he conducts personal and collective researches in Africa, Middle East and Europe on migrations and refuges. Further information available at and

Some recent publications in English:

  • 2018. The Jungle. Calais’s Camps and Migrants (et alii), Cambridge, Polity press. 
  • 2018. Borderlands. Towards an Anthropology of Cosmopolitan Condition, Cambridge, Polity Press. 
  • 2018. Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government, Cambridge, Polity Press.