SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Identify, label and divide. The accelerated temporality of control and temporal borders in the hotspots

Dr Martina Tazzioli

Date: 23 November 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 23 November 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G52

Type of Event: Seminar

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has triggered relevant transformations in the mechanisms of migration control and in the ways in which migrants are identified, partitioned and labelled. The “hotspot system” plays a central role in the EU strategy aimed at quickly identifying and selecting a migrants at the Southern frontiers of Europe. This presentation focuses on the hotspots in Italy (Lampedusa, Pozzallo and Trapani) and in Greece (Lesbos and Chios) analyzing the specificity of this mechanism of control and identification that has its core on the islands, conceived as selecting gates to Europe. Building on ethnographic research conducted between 2015 and 2016, the main argument of this article is that the hotspot system works as a machine of preemptive illegalization, that denies the possibility to claim asylum “on the spot” to the most of the migrants, and that is based on an accelerated temporality of control. In the main part of the presentation, I will analyse the peculiar temporality of control that is at stake in the official and unofficial hotspot, the way in which migrants' speed of movement is slowed down and the temporal borders that have been enacted for limiting further the access to the channels of the asylum and of relocation.

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Dr Martina Tazzioli Identify, label and divide. The accelerated temporality of control and temporal borders in the hotspots

About the speaker

Martina Tazzioli is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Aix-Marseille and research associate at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder and part of the editorial board of the peer-review on-line journal Materialifoucaultiani.

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