Global Advisory Board

Michael Collyer, University of Sussex, Brighton (UK)

Susan B. Coutin, University of California, Irvine (US)

Raúl Delgado Wise, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas (MEX)

Nicholas De Genova, King’s College, London (UK)

Eleonore Kofman, Middlessex University, London (UK)

Rey Koslowski, University of Albany, State University of New York (US)

Loren B. Landau, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (ZA)

Sandro Mezzadra, Università di Bologna, Bologna (IT)

Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (CAN)

Brett Neilson, University of Western Sydney, Sydney (AUS)

Antoine Pécoud, Université Paris 13, Villetaneuse (F)

Ranabir Samaddar, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Calcutta (IN)

Nandita Sharma, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu (US)

Tesfaye Tafesse, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa (ET)

Thanh-Dam Truong, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (NL)

Meet the Editors: William Walters

William Walters is a Professor of Politics in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa. Originally trained in chemistry at Imperial College, London, he did his graduate work in political science, gaining an MA from the Graduate School of CUNY in New York and a PhD from York University, Toronto. He has published widely in such areas as political sociology, political geography, citizenship studies and Foucault studies where his focus has been the interface between politics and key objectifications of human experience such as unemployment, immigration and, most recently, secrecy. He has authored Unemployment and Government (CUP 2000), and Governmentality (Routledge 2012), co-authored Governing Europe (Routledge 2005), and co-edited Global Governmentality (2004). He is currently engaged in a collaborative project that approaches questions of migration and politics from the angle of vehicles and transportation regimes.

Meet the Editors: Parvati Raghuram

Parvati Raghuram is a Reader in Human Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University.  She gained her first two degrees in Delhi University in India and her PhD at The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and of ideas is reshaping the world. Her most recent ESRC funded project was on the experiences of South Asian geriatricians in the UK. She has co-authored The Practice of Cultural Studies (Sage), Gender and International Migration in Europe (Routledge), co-edited South Asian women in the Diaspora (Berg), and Tracing Indian diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations (Sage) and has written research papers for a number of think-tanks such as IPPR, UNRISD, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics and Heinrich Böll Stiftung. She also has edited a special issue of the journal Diversities for UNESCO.

Meet the Editors: Martin Geiger

Martin Geiger is an Assistant Professor of “Politics of Human Migration and Mobility” at Carleton University.

His research, teaching and writings focus on migration and mobility from an interdisciplinary perspective. Primary concerns are the multitude of state and non-state actors involved in governing cross-border mobility today, the various modes and ‘tools’ that have been invented to ‘manage’ flows of people, and the real-life effects these interventions have on persons crossing borders, societies and political systems.

Martin’s publications in English include ‘The Politics of International Migration Management’, International Organizations and the Politics of Migration’, The Transformation of Migration Politics: From Migration Control to Disciplining Mobility’ and The Production of a Safe Neighbourhood and the Disciplining of International Mobility.

He has held visiting scholar appointments at different universities and research centres in Europe and North America. He is also the founding editor of ‘Mobility & Politics’, a board member of ‘Palgrave Communications’ and a former faculty member and now honorary member of the distinguished German Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University.


Cosmopolitan Borders

Cosmopolitan Borders makes the case for processes of bordering being better understood through the lens of cosmopolitanism. Rather than ‘world citizenship’ an alternative understanding of cosmopolitanism is offered, emerging from a critique of the idea of ‘openness’, and founded on a different understanding of the relationship between globalization and cosmopolitanism. The core argument is that borders are ‘cosmopolitan workshops’ where ‘cultural encounters of a cosmopolitan kind’ take place and where entrepreneurial cosmopolitans advance new forms of sociality in the face of ‘global closure’. The book outlines four cosmopolitan dimensions of borders: vernacularization, multiperspectivalism, fixity/unfixity, and connectivity.


Post/humanitarian Border Politics between Mexico and the US

What is the significance of the things that migrants leave behind in contemporary border struggles? In what ways do places like the desert play a role in such struggles? And what is the status of people in this context? The author addresses these questions by assessing the politics of different humanitarian interventions in the Mexico-US border region. Examining various artistic and academic engagements of things left behind, as well as legal struggles over the distribution of water bottles and practices of recycling of discarded belongings, this book develops a unique ‘more-than-human’ perspective on the significance of people, places and things to humanitarian border struggles. While drawing attention to the ambiguities of humanitarian interventions, Squire also focuses on the critical potential of a post/humanitarian border politics that transforms place by fighting for people, through things.


Depoliticising Migration

9781137445926.inddMigration has become, since the nineties, the subject of growing international discussion and cooperation. International organisations and the international community have taken a number of initiatives to better ‘manage’ migration and make it the object of ‘global governance’ mechanisms. This implies a specific intellectual and political construction of migration as a genuinely global issue that deserves international attention. By critically analyzing the reports produced by international organisations on migration, this book sheds light on the way these actors frame migration and develop their recommendations on how it should be governed. In contrast to the dominant representations in many receiving countries, international migration narratives develop a positive appreciation of migration, viewed as a normal feature of a globalizing world and as a central element in development strategies. But this optimism comes along a depolitization of migration that obscures the contribution of international actors to contemporary political debates.purchase

Mobile Commons, Migrant Digitalities and the Right to the City

This book examines the relationship between urban migrant movements, struggles and digitality which transforms public space and generates mobile commons. Empirically conducted during the time of crisis-and-austerity, the research draws on struggles in Athens, Nicosia and Istanbul, but also extends to the eastern Mediterranean borders. The authors explore heterogeneous digital forms in the context of migration, border-crossing and transnational activism, displaying commonality patterns and inter-dependence. The interaction between actors generates powerful transformation effects at different levels: struggles for daily survival and more visible or subtle struggles for recognition, representation and/or settlement. Albeit legally inchoate, such vibrant struggles contribute to the establishment of informal socially embedded ‘rights’ and new ‘acts of citizenship’. Mobile commons are socially practiced rights to be mobile which subvert technological and sovereign control to allow for the subject’s invisibility, multiplicity and freedom from surveillance.

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About the Series

“Human mobility, whatever its scale, is often controversial. Hence it carries with it the potential for politics. A core feature of mobility politics is the tension between the desire to maximize the social and economic benefits of migration, and pressures to restrict movement. Transnational communities, global instability, advances in transportation and communication, and concepts of ‘smart borders’ and ‘migration management’ are just a few of the phenomena transforming the landscape of migration today. The tension between openness and restriction raises important questions about how different types of policies and politics come to life and influence mobility. Mobility & Politics invites original, theoretically and empirically informed studies for academic and policy-oriented debates. Authors examine issues such as refugees and displacement, migration and citizenship, security and cross-border movements, (post-) colonialism and mobility, and transnational movements and cosmopolitics.”-