W111
Immigration, security and surveillance

Convenors:
Catarina Frois (Centre for Research in Anthropology)
Nils Zurawski (Universit├Ąt Hamburg)
Location:
JHT10
Start time:
27 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Some of the most prominent questions that have been gaining interest regarding immigration are related to security as well as surveillance policies and practices. In this workshop we seek to discuss research about migrant populations addressing the equation security-protection-care-danger.

Long abstract:

Immigration has become an increasing field of study in anthropology over the past few years. Looking at Europe, immigration is an important political aspect when considering the absence of frontiers between countries, mobility of persons, politics of inclusion and/or exclusion of - as Robert Castel puts it - definitions of "citizens" or "indigenous". Some of the most prominent questions that have been gaining interest regarding immigration are those related to security and surveillance policies and practices. Who is being surveilled and for what matters? How are borders being monitored, either by the state (i.e. police), NGOs's or vigilante groups? What is the status of immigrants in refugee camps or in deportation centers? What are the features surveillance assumes as the basis for monitoring, tracking and recording people when considering migrant populations and the equation security-protection-care-danger? In this workshop we seek contributions that discuss issues of migration, state ,security and surveillance from an anthropological perspective. Thus we will focus on the cultural and human aspects of modern discourses of crisis and emergency. Both are relevant narratives concerning the exclusion of immigrants from the fortress Europe. An exclusion that is increasingly being monitored by modern means of technology, from cameras to DNA, from satellites to radio tracking devices. Along with such technologies come new classifications and categories that serve as the backing argument for those strategies. The workshop sets out to address these issues.