Stuck at the Gates: Seminar on Migration, Biotechnologies and Limits of Regulation
(Kommunikation - International - Englisch)
Anfang 04/08/2014 - 14:00
Ende 04/08/2014 - 17:00
Veranstaltungsort Room 505, Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland
Organisator Allegra Lab, Finnish Anthropological Society, Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Helsinki
The global regulatory framework around migration is structured around frontiers and gates, both concrete and figurative. For the privileged groups they are irrelevant and to be crossed on a whim. For the underprivileged majority they become arbitrators of life and death, resulting in intense sentiments of ‘stuckedness’ in the words of Ghassan Hage, precariousness and exclusion.
In this seminar these themes are discussed by focusing on the rationales and concrete means of governing migration. Key topics of the seminar are the paradox of urgency in the experiences of asylum seekers, and the ideals of detachment, predictability and predetermined aesthetics characterizing bureaucratic and judicial processes. Furthermore, it explores technologies of ‘truth production’ (e.g. fingerprint and iris scan databases, bone x-rays scans, and DNA analysis),which impose themselves on the very flesh and blood of the involved individuals.
What is actually going on? What is being measured and regulated, how and why? What is the nature of the knowledge regimes that justify such interventions and the differential treatment in between groups of people? What kind of realities – or fantasies – are being upheld, what kind of dystopias are suppressed or destroyed as distinct groups are (attempted to be) included or excluded? What happens to notions of citizenship in the process – as well as humanity? How is justice included in this equation: how to approach a regulatory system built on a structurally unjust world order where migrants frequently becomecriminalized by the very regulation they are subjected to? And most importantly, what are the effects of all the above on the lives of those who are subjected to these techniques?