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Sebastien Bachelet

Sebastien Bachelet
Dr Sebastien Bachelet
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Forced Displacement)
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Morocco, arts, advocacy, Political participation, sub-Saharan migration, Migration Studies, Forced displacement, Citizenship, illegality, Refugee studies, visual anthropology


Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco

I am the named Research Fellow on an ESRC-AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund grant on Forced Displacement, working with Dr Laura Jeffery and Dr Mariangela Palladino to investigate the capacity of arts-based methods to facilitate creative engagement with forced displacement in Morocco.

Past Research:

Doctoral Thesis: Irregular sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco: (im)mobility, illegality and “adventure” in  Rabat. (2016)

My ESRC-funded (1+3 Open competition award) doctoral research engaged with recent critical debates over notions of ‘mobility’ and ‘illegalization’ to examine how ‘irregular’ sub-Saharan migrants cope with violent abuses and attempt to exert control over their lives in a Moroccan marginal neighbourhood. Exploring migrants’ imagination and hope, it focuses particularly on migrants’ circumscribed agency as well as emerging social relationships and political participation. Rather than adding to the profuse production of migration studies concepts, the thesis contends that migrants’ own articulations of notions such as ‘adventure’ and ‘objective’ offer an analytical tool to overcome some of the pitfalls of other concepts (e.g. transit, imagined community) which do not completely succeed in accounting for migrants’ experiences; their own ambiguities and limits are useful in uncovering some of the dilemmas faced by migrants in Morocco.