Migration, Movement, Borders and States
Humans have always been on the move. In recent decades, people’s movements became contentious or outright illegal. States regulate the flux of people on the move by policing border-crossing in space and time, rendering people and their presence in the global North illegal or temporary at best. Even when they are “in”, numerous categories of people remain undesired or marginal, through both structural and everyday forms of exclusion. This forces people to create ever new modes of belonging. Researchers at the department look into what migration and its associated topics tell us about states, laws, and how people find ways to overcome exclusion on the core-periphery continuum. For instance, we study how the social exclusion of Roma reflects onto the Roma’s own notions and practices of social order and moral norms, as well as follow the migration patterns, employment trajectories, and networks of Ghanaian footballers moving to Sweden. A third theme is Artistic Citizenship, which involves the study of social inclusion among young migrants and/or their children through artistic practices.
Key words: inclusion & exclusion, governance, borders & time, transnationalism, networks, racism, minorities, citizenship, criminalization