The Power of Infrastructure: Migration Management, Statecraft and Infrastructural Design in the Mediterranean Borderscape
Third-party funded project
Project title The Power of Infrastructure: Migration Management, Statecraft and Infrastructural Design in the Mediterranean Borderscape
Principal Investigator(s) Ayata, Bilgin
Co-Investigator(s) Cupers, Kenny R.
Project Members Pagano, Chiara
Fyssa, Artemis-Maria
Dia, Alaa
Organisation / Research unit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Politische Soziologie (Ayata)
Project start 01.09.2018
Probable end 31.08.2020
Status Active
Abstract

This  project  proposes  a  comparative,  interdisciplinary  and  multi-­‐sited  exploration  of  the infrastructure of migration management in five countries located in the Mediterranean borderscape (Greece, Italy, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey). Consisting of a pluridisciplinary research team of political scientists, architects and sociologists, it will examine and compare the infrastructure of the new Hotspot approach of the EU both in the operational hotspot facilities in Greece and Italy, as well in its complementary extensions in Turkey, Tunisia and Libya. The research will provide a visual mapping and documentation to grasp the physical scope of this infrastructure in the Mediterranean borderscape. To examine the hotspots as an infrastructure space the project will also conduct comparative ethnographic analysis to explore the complex interactions between government policies (at the EU and member state levels), technical apparatuses (from fences to fingerprinting devices), security and humanitarian   practices   (such   as   border   patrolling   and   search-­‐and   rescue   operations), consultancy expertise, and political contestation of by citizens and non-­‐citizens (at the local and international level). The project aims to develop a new framework for the analysis of the power of infrastructure in migration management that deciphers how infrastructure not only enables migration policies but reconfigures social and political relations in the affected localities  and  beyond.  To  deepen  the  interdisciplinary  approach,  we  plan  a  one-­‐week research studio in collaboration with our partner organizations and associated members. To ensure a wide dissemination of the project results, a documentary and exhibition is planned in in addition to the scientific publications. The concrete project output comprises two peer-­‐ reviewed articles, co-­‐authored by research team, an edited volume based on the research studio, a research blog, a final public workshop, an exhibition and exhibition catalogue, and a video documentary.

Financed by Foundations and Associations
   

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