Frontiers of Mobility: Migration and Control in an Age of Securitisation

16 June 2016
Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, OX1 3UQ

Amid the political panic over the migration or refugee ‘crisis’, the capability to control cross-border movement has emerged as a holy grail for anxious politicians in Europe and elsewhere―just at a time when the capability to regain such control looms large for well-connected refugees and migrants themselves. This paper sketches some initial thoughts on how to analyse and research this tense juncture, characterised by a growing mismatch between states’ vast resources to control movement and the equally unprecedented resources at migrants’ disposal, as well as by the increasing securitisation of mobility that attempts to ‘paper over’ this very mismatch. One way of approaching this juncture from an anthropological perspective, I suggest, is to build an ‘ecological’ approach that explores interactions in a ‘complex system’ of mobility control. Complex systems analysis may help bridge historical and empirical scales, reaching an ethnographically grounded account of today’s perennial ‘mobility crises’ that joins up the microphysics of mobility with meso/macro structures and longer historical shifts. In the same vein, an ecological perspective may also allow for analytically treating what are often seen as separate ‘mobility problematics’ within the same frame, from the heavily patrolled European borderlands to the control of air travel and the perennial refugee encampments outside the West.

About the speaker: Dr Ruben Andersson is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science working on migration, borders, and security. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, and an associated researcher at Stockholm University’s Department of Anthropology.

1pm – 2pm
All are welcome to attend

This special seminar is hosted by Border Criminologies, COMPAS, and the International Migration Institute.

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