Teresa Cappiali's presentation draws on a large project focusing on the connection between Euro-African migration politics and the socio-political operation of racism at its intersection with gender-based discrimination against immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in the Mediterranean context. Using an intersectional lens, it zooms in on how race and gender are co-constructed by political actors (political elites and civil society) and how intersectional discriminations affect and are challenged by immigrant women and men differently.
The presenter, in particular, asks two questions:
(1) What strategies do Sub-Saharan immigrant organisations adopt, with the help of local and international NGOs, to expose and challenge intersectional discrimination?
(2) How do Sub-Saharan immigrants experience and challenge intersectional discrimination in their everyday life?
Teresa Cappiali brings evidence from more than 9 months of field research in Morocco, including more than 30 in-depth interviews with key political actors. Opening a new research field in a predominantly non-white region, the research seeks to expand our theoretical and empirical understanding of the saliency of race and gender in immigrant social movements, and how these movements have been transforming in recent years, with a focus on recent international developments set out by the Global Migration Compact in 2018.