ZiF Workshop

Moving in a divided world:
Transnational crime, national borders and irregular migration

Date: 11 - 12 July 2022
Convenors: Antje Missbach (Bielefeld, GER), Soledad Álvarez Velasco Heidelberg (GER), Luigi Achilli (Firenze, ITA)

This workshop seeks to critically address the complex social and cultural dynamics underlying the encounter between transnational crime and irregular migration. It will generate unique insights into how this encounter reshapes social categories and social formations, alters the lived experience of mobility, and creates new horizons of actions and spheres of possibility amongst irregularised migrants. In particular, this workshop aims at overcoming fragmented, often one-sided perspectives on the socio-cultural dynamics of the migratory journey, by redirecting more attention to the relationships between mobility facilitators, migration infrastructures, migrants and related community dimensions. Mapping the political economy of mobility, the workshop will draw together a collective of researchers to critically engage with the entanglement of mobility and crime by problematising the simplistic generalisations and representations connected to the interaction of migration with transnational criminal phenomena. Instead of relying on state-centred narratives on human smuggling/trafficking and related transnational organised crime, this workshop seeks to develop actor-centred understandings for why, where, when and how unsanctioned border crossings appear to scrutinise widespread assumptions about clandestinity, resistance to global apartheid, solidarity and loss of (state) control.

The conference receives additional support from the “Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung”.

Conference Programme

Please direct questions concerning the organisation of the workshop to Trixi Valentin at the Conference Office. Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.

Tel: +49 521 106-2769
Fax: +49 521 106-152769
E-Mail: trixi.valentin@uni-bielefeld.de