A look at Europe's borders with Dr Martina Tazzioli
This talk focuses on un understanding of biopolitical technologies beyond ‘making live/letting die’, biopolitics/necropolitics and inclusion/exclusion.
It analyses how migrants are governed not only by being blocked, confined and deported but also by being kept on the move, choked and disrupted in their autonomous geographies. Building on research fieldwork conducted in France, Italy and Greece, this presentation explores the mechanisms of subjection and extraction that are at stake in migration governmetality, pointing to modes of violence that can be hardly grasped through a politics of the exception, as well as through the making live/letting die biopoltiical formula. How to register modes of governing that choke and constrain migrants without, however, necessarily killing them? Building on this, the final part of the talk questions the binary opposition between victimhood and agency - migrants as active subjects and migrants as victims to be saved - demonstrating that this does not allow retaining the variety both of modes of subjection and of subjectivation that shape migrants’ lives. The talk concludes by arguin that a new understanding of the biopoltiical technologies that target and shape migrants' bodies and lives, enables rethinking the modes of subjectivation and subjection that pertain to the "making of migration".
Dr Martina Tazzioli is a Lecturer in Politics and Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work, at the crossroad of critical overall, explores the biopolitical mechanisms by which some subjects are racialised and governed as “migrants”, analysing the intertwining of modes of objectivation and subjectivities. More recently, she has investigated the technologization of the border regime and how technologies constitute a battlefield for migrants, states and non-state actors.
Martina is part of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy, member of the editorial board of Foucault Studies and co-founded of Materialifoucaultiani journal. She is also a member of the Euro-African network Migreurop that produces reports on migration, border externalisation and human rights violations.
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