Guest Lecture on Sanctuary and Solidarity Cities – Eurocentric or Global Concepts? by Prof. Harald Bauder


Date: Thursday, 16th May 2019
Time: 2pm
Venue: MIASA Conference Room, 26 Legon Hills, Kobina Richardson Hill Drive


As national governments and supranational institutions fail to cope with migration and refugee movements, many cities are seeking stronger roles in protecting and including vulnerable migrants and refugees. In the global north, various labels such as sanctuary cities, solidarity cities, and cities of refugee describe corresponding municipal policies and practices. However, we know little about such policies and practices in the global south. I therefore examine the literature to ask whether the concepts of urban sanctuary and solidarity are applicable to the global south, or whether they represent inherently Euro-centric concepts of little relevance to cities, such as those located in Africa. Addressing these questions is important to create knowledge about the similarities and differences between urban policies and practices around the globe, to facilitate international exchange of local policy options and ideas, and encourage international communication and networking activities between local stakeholders.

Harald Bauder is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. He received a PhD in Geography in 1998 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and MA and BA degrees in Geography and Urban Studies from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. In 2016, he received the Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, 2016, which is Ryerson University’s highest annual research award. In 2015, he received the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, recognizing his life-time contribution to the academic and cultural exchange between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada. Dr. Bauder has authored four book, edited or co-edited six volumes, and published 74 paper in peer-reviewed journals as well as 17 book chapters. He also contributes regularly to popular media, including the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Toronto Star, and Die Zeit. Harald Bauder is currently a Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at University of Freiburg, Germany.