The EU is externalising its borders into the Mediterranean and far beyond by creating laws and regulations for military interventions, by providing for refugee camps in Sudan and elsewhere, and by regulating the activities of NGO ships engaged in saving mobile populations. With an African policy that focuses on incentives, and on financial and technological assistance to canalize migration patterns, the EU shifts questions of integration and identity from local negotiation processes within the member states to its expanded borders, and to the realm of laws, technologies and media.

This call invites project proposals looking at topics such as the usage of technological securitisation, biometric data policies, and technologies of humanitarian intervention among refugee populations in relation to European law and EU politics in Africa and along its borders. Candidates’ projects should look empirically at exclusionary practices in the context of migration, focusing on the impact of technologies and on the criminalisation of migration and European legal provisions. This could include, for example, database development, technological securitisation of borders, or biometric registration in refugee camps; or maritime research in the Mediterranean on and about NGO, military and governmental ships, as well as boats used by human traffickers. The topics outlined above should be analysed from an anthropological, legal, discursive, and technological perspective. Applicants are expected to develop their research questions independently, and to specify those in their proposal. Proposals with a comparative perspective and/or an inter-disciplinary approach will be considered with priority.

Application deadline: September 1

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