Workshop: Is ECOWAS a Tool or an Obstacle to Decolonization? Migration Governance and Beyond



This workshop aims to explore how various dynamics influence the scenarios of migration without borders (MWB) and a post-national West Africa discussed in the literature (Adepoju 2007; Aniche et al. 2022). Arhin-Sam and colleagues (2022) have urged the development of unique cross-border mobility systems based on West African realities, cautioning against simply replicating models from other contexts, such as the EU. In the light of this, the key question of the workshop is: to what extent is ECOWAS moving towards or away from the post-nationalism and decolonization scenario described by Aniche and colleagues (2022), and why?

While migration literature is our starting point, we additionally welcome submissions from cognate research fields as long as they engage with the broader question of ECOWAS and (de)colonisation. More specifically, they can (this list is not exhaustive):

  • elucidate the role of different actors (e.g. state and non-state) in ECOWAS (migration) governance;
  • bring different disciplinary insights, e.g. from political science, sociology, African studies, geography, international relations, etc;
  • use primary and/or secondary data to support theories or engage in theoretical/literature/disciplinary discussions;
  • address both historical and contemporary developments in ECOWAS’ trajectory;
  • advance policy recommendations and/or critical evaluations about the past and future of ECOWAS.

Workshop details

The hybrid workshop will take place in Bruges, Belgium at the United Nations University CRIS and streamed online on 15 October 2024. The aim of the hybrid workshop is that of gathering contributions for their potential inclusion in an edited volume.

Submission Details:

Send by 15 June 2024 to

  • An abstract of up to 300 words.
  • A CV of the contributor(s).
  • An indication of whether the presenter aims to attend the workshop in person or online.

Applications from scholars affiliated with institutions/located in the Global South and from underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged. Contributions co-authored with activists are also eligible.

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