The workshop examines the border in its emerging Europeanised form as a prominent site for European politics of self-identification confronting the global movements of flight and migration.
The processes of Europeanisation, ie the political and cultural constructions of Europe both from above and from below, have become a stimulating field for innovative research and conceptual debate in anthropology. However, the main focus so far has been on how such constructions work from within the European Union: its political organisations and economies, its nation states and regions, its local citizens and their practices. This workshop will put forward a further shift in perspective towards encompassing the emergence of a European border as an increasingly important construction site of the new Europe. Today, the apparent periphery of the EU, its outer fringes in the East and throughout the Mediterranean, can be considered a central space of negotiating European politics and identifications vis-à-vis the world - as the world is confronting the gates of Fortress Europe by way of the global movements of flight and migration. This encounter provokes and enforces the Europeanisation of national governance of borders, mobility and citizenship. In its Europeanised, enlarged, multi-local and flexible form, the border has become the prominent site of an acute contest of diverse claims of inclusion and exclusion, of struggling for and against re-constructing a European Self against a non-European Other along neo-colonial lines. The workshop invites research-based presentations that contribute to exploring and clarifying the role of the border, and the movements across it, in re-shaping Europe. What images, visions, discourses, practices and actors are employed in the implementation of a new European border regime? What knowledge and what visions about Europe and the world does migration produce and invest in its struggles with the border? How do these processes of Europeanisation and transnationalisation affect the local notions, practices and politics of citizenship and identity? And how do they challenge the anthropological imagination of Europe?