Choke, push-back and disperse: displacement as a political technology of migration governmentality

17 March 2022. From 18:30  To 20:00 | Conference | English | IEMed
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Read the article “Pushbacks and dispersal as technologies of migration displacement”.

Displacement has become a key political technology of migration governmentality – to regain control over unruly mobility, harm migrants and violently obstruct them from accessing rights, safe spaces and asylum. This presentation rethinks the notion of displacement by including push-back operations and the politics of migrants’ dispersal as part of it. These spatial tactics for governing and obstructing migrants’ movements and presence have been increasingly used in a systematic way by European states. In the lecture, Martina Tazzioli focuses on migrants’ dispersal in France and in Italy and on so called “chain push-back” operations at the French-Italian border and along the Balkan route. The talk addresses the methodological difficulties of accounting for and counting push-back and dispersal, confronted with the lack of accurate data and statistics. In the conclusion, the talk will explain how displacement – enacted through push-backs and dispersal – can be used as an analytical lens for studying the governing of unruly mobility.

Martina Tazzioli is a lecturer in Politics and Technology at Goldsmith University of London. Her work explores the biopolitical mechanisms by which some subjects are racialized and governed as “migrants”, analyzing the intertwining of modes of objectivities and subjectivities. She is member of the Euro-African network Migreurop, that produced reports on migration, border externalization and human rights violations and is on the editorial board of the journal Radical Philosophy. She is the author of The Making of Migration. The biopolitics of mobility at Europe’s borders (Sage, 2020), Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionised Space of Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is co-editor with Sophie Fuggle and Yari Lanci of Foucault and the History of our Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Foucault and the Making of Subjects (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) with Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera and Daniele Lorenzini.

The conference is moderated by Juan Carlos Triviño, senior researcher at GRITIM-UPF. Co-organised by the IEMed as part of the Aula Mediterrània 2021-22 programme in collaboration with the Master in Migration Studies, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF) and the Anna Lindh Foundation (FAL).

This lecture takes place at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona and it can also be followed on the IEMed Youtube Channel.



Martina Tazzioli

Lecturer in Politics and Technology Goldsmiths University of London
Juan Carlos Triviño

Juan Carlos Triviño

Senior researcher GRITIM-UPF

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