The Heart of the State: Emotional and Moral Economies of Migration Policing

  • Date and time: Wednesday 11 October 2023, 1pm
  • Location: In-person and online
    Church Lane Building - Business Lounge, Church Lane Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students (postgraduate researchers, taught postgraduates), the public, add any specific audience here.
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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The Heart of the State: Emotional and Moral Economies of Migration Policing 

In this lecture, Professor Ana Aliverti will explore the contrasting and competing rationales, emotions and values that underpin the contemporary governance of marginalised groups

Professor Aliverti will look at the example of migration policing in the UK, where immigration policies have added safeguarding and care for the vulnerable to the priority of detecting and ejecting illegal migrants. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted with police and immigration officers since 2016, this lecture will explore how these officers navigate competing demands for care and control, and the moral tensions and dilemmas that arise in their everyday work.

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About the speaker

Professor Ana Aliverti

Professor Ana Aliverti is Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre in the School of Law at Warwick University. Her research work looks at the intersections between criminal law and criminal justice, on the one hand, and border regimes, on the other, and explores the impact of such intertwining on the national criminal justice institutions and on those subject to the resulting set of controls.

Ana is currently leading two projects: the first, with Anastasia Chamberlen and Henrique Carvalho, explores the ambivalent emotional and affective economies of state power in the governance of social marginality. Through empirical and legal methodologies, it traces the conflicting logics, emotions, and affects in the treatment of socially marginalised groups in the criminal and administrative justice domains. The second project on border controls and humanitarianism, with Elisa García España and Roberto Dufraix, explores the conflicting demands of border work and the emotional and moral pains it creates on frontline staff.


Sophie Caswell-Jones