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Governing (In)securities

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 9.30AM to 17:00

Speaker(s): Keynote speaker: Dr Debbie Lisle (QUB)

The migration crisis has seen multiple apparent failures in the European project – of solidarity, response and co-operation. In this sense, the new politics of (in)security applies as much to the troubled internal dynamics of the Union as it does to the management of insecure and vulnerable migrants.

There is, however, political potential in the deployment of crisis language and the invocation of novel (in)securities. That is, the dynamic of disintegration and collapse that has accompanied the European response (from the re-assertion of sovereign borders to the rejection of EU initiatives by individual member states) has been productive of new authorities, interventions and relationships in the field of migration and security.

Key here is the devolution of bordering practices to non-EU partners (across Africa, Asia and beyond), the inexorable rise of private security authorities and expertise, and the wholesale turn to technologies to secure borders and manage migration.

Motivated by a concern to understand what the claim to novelty allows governing bodies to do in the name of security.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration, refreshments and welcome

10.00 – 11.15 Migration, crisis and (in)hospitality

Murat Es, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Security, mobility and geopolitics: bodies in motion between Turkey and Europe

Melora Koepke, Ph.D candidate in the Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Utopic insertions: Parisian transit camps as spaces of encounter and care/control

Nicoletta Policek, Associate Professor in Policing and Criminology, University of Cumbria

Stateless children in Italy: old habits and the new politics of (in)security

11.15 – 12.30 Governing crisis and the politics of response

Shoshana Fine, CERI Sciences Po

Liaisons, labeling and laws: IOM interventions in Turkey

Lucy Mayblin, University of Warwick

Governing the crisis from afar: The UK’s response to the crisis of refugee reception in Europe

Lauren Martin, Department of Geography, Durham University

Carceral Economies: cash, value, and commodification in asylum reception in the EU

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.15 Keynote lecture

Debbie Lisle, Queen’s University, Belfast

Crisis in Slow motion: the stubborn habits of migration

14.15 – 15.30 Technology, borders and the new politics of governing mobility

Philippe Frowd, University of York

EU security intervention in Niger: governing transit migration and the smuggling economy

Martin Zamorano, Eticas Research and Consulting, Barcelona

Your body is your passport: data, migration and smart borders

Alex Hall, University of York

Security targeting at the smart border: Gestalt Theory and seeing with data

15.30 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 16.45 Catherine Woollard, European Council on Refugees and Exiles

16.45 – 17.00 Closing remarks

Please note that PhD students from White Rose universities may be eligible for travel bursaries. For more information email our project lead at

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Location: King's Manor, University of York