Vasillis Tsianos & Dimitris Parsanoglou - Chronotopes of Containment

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Dr. Vasillis Tsianos (Fachhochschule Kiel) & Dr. Dimitris Parsanoglou (Panteion University)

Chronotopes of Containment: Hotspots and the new European border architecture

Chaired by Dr. Francesco Salvini (KLS)

Abstract: The European Agenda on Migration as adopted by the European Commission in May 2015 was an attempt to formulate a comprehensive answer to the crisis of asylum/refugee policies. Furthermore, it was a compilation of measures supposed to contribute to a more coherent European migration policy. Departing from a critical evaluation of the European Agenda on Migration and connected border and migration research, I will focus on a collective field research on the Greek hotspots and the localisations of the new Dublin system, since its effects can be detected in close proximity to current border conflicts and border zones.

Hotspots as configurations of condensed control in terms of space and time – exerted by a multitude of actors such as Frontex, Easo and Europol but also by local, and national agencies and services – can provide new insights into the transformation(s) of the European border regime. Along with the tendency towards an exterritorialisation or externalisation – pointed out since the mid-1990s in critical migration studies – the hotspot system inaugurates a systematic endeavour for a comprehensive processing of bodies and data inside the EU borders. Apart from the reconfigurations of geographies of control, exemplified in specific territories of enacted sovereignty, i.e. hotspot-non hotspot, islands-mainland, country of entry-country of relocation and so on, the concentration of different actors in specific spatialities and temporalities lead to constant renegotiations of the margins of both mobility and control within the European border regime, and points to a deeper restructuring not only of the European border regime, but the European space itself. Building on the method of "ethnographic border regime analysis," we will present the findings from our fieldwork in Athens and in Lesvos in order to discuss the implications as outlined above.

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Dimitris Parsanoglou is an Adjunct Lecturer and a Senior Researcher at the Department of Social Policy at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. He holdsa DEA and a PhD in Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has coordinated, as Senior researcher of the Centre for Gender Studies of the Panteion University, the FP7 project “MIG@NET: Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender”, and he has taught Sociology at the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies of the University of Crete. He was a Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Peloponnese, in the framework of the ARISTEIA project “Migration Management and International Organizations: A history of the establishment of the International Organization for Migration”. He Has worked on the HORIZON 2020 project “NEGOTIATE - Negotiating early job-insecurity and labour market exclusion in Europe” and on the project “Volunteering for Refugees in Europe: Civil Society, Solidarity, and Forced Migration along the Balkan Route amid the failure of the Common European Asylum System”, funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation. He is currently Scientific Coordinator of the project “Beyond the ‘refugee crisis’: investigating patterns of integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece– BRECht”, which is funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation. His main research interests include history and sociology of immigration to Greece with a special emphasis on employment, urban space, gender and migration policies. He is co-author of Mobile Commons, Migrant Digitalities and the Right to the City (Palgrave, 2015).


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