Roundtable || 2020 Migrating Rights | Keywords


Carla Panico

Gaia Giuliani

Irina Velicu

December 11, 2019, 14h30

Seminar room (3rd floor), CES | Sofia

Participants: Gaia Giuliani, Carla Panico, Irina Velicu (CES) | Chair: Fatima Velez de Castro (FLUC - Geography)


As a way of closing the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10th, 2018) the masterclass "Border as Method" will take place as the first event of the 2020 Migrating Rights | Keywords, A series of events follows a set of crucial keywords for a critical understanding of issues related to migrations and border regimes: Border, Humanitarianism, Black Mediterranean, Representations, Operations of bio-borders, and Counter-narratives.

Keyword #1 | Border


This Round table reflects on the concept of “borders” in the crossroads of different disciplines, theoretical frameworks and debates and in a dialogue with Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson’s book Border as Method (2013). In this book, its authors chart the proliferation of borders generated by contemporary globalization, investigating its implications for migratory movements, capitalist transformations, and political life. They explore the atmospheric violence that surrounds borderlands and border struggles across various geographical scales, illustrating their theoretical arguments with illuminating case studies drawn from Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, and elsewhere. Mezzadra and Neilson approach the border not only as a research object but also as an epistemic framework. Their use of the border as method enables new perspectives on the crisis and transformations of the nation-state, as well as powerful reassessments of political concepts such as citizenship and sovereignty.

The event was jointly organised by CES' Inter-Thematic Group on Migrations (ITM), (De)Othering - Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and ‘internal Others’ in Portuguese and European Mediascapes (FCT funded), and PLUS: Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development

In collaboration with Oficina Ecologia e Sociedade (Workshop of Ecology and Society) at CES.