Manuela Bojadzijev, Professor of Globalised Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg

“I am worried about integration, everything else is logistics”. Logistical Borderscapes, Migration, Mobilities

Logistics as one way of organising and governing circulation of commodities, capital and data across the globe has received great interest in critical studies on globalisation in recent years. Logistics, so these studies demonstrate, shape our everyday lives. In this talk I investigate, by drawing on various collective research efforts that I took part in, in how far a logistical gaze can be useful to understand how migration and human mobilities are organised and governed today. To us, especially after the summer of migration 2015, this approach seemed particularly effective in order to integrate different dimensions which are more than often kept separate in migration studies: mobile labour, changing regulations of migration, digital technologies and platforms, and the wrested freedom of movement. My talk will investigate in how far we can use a logistical gaze to understand the changing patterns of a European border and migration regime, introduce a study on the growing impact of placement agencies in relation to refugees in Germany, and take the self-organised logistics of migrants into account. By introducing different instantiations I intend to provide a panorama of logistical borderscapes that govern migration, and how migrants navigate in them.

Manuela Bojadzijev is a Professor of Globalised Cultures at the Department of Sociology and Cultural Organization at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. She is also a member of an Executive Board of Berlin Institute for Migration and Integration Studies at Humboldt-University, Berlin.

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