This panel explores containment as a key feature of contemporary power relations through an examination of the dispositifs and techniques underpinning mobility control and resistance, across the domains of migration, labour and (re)production, among others.
This panel addresses techniques for the control of mobility as central features of contemporary power relations through anthropological analyses of simultaneously spatial, relational, symbolic and bodily forms of containment that pace people's movement according to multiple logics and goals, including those related to the organisation of (re)productive labour. We are interested in practices and techniques of containment implemented by international migration policies - through militarisation, externalisation and filtering, among others - that have a significant racialising dimension. These include detention as a paradigmatic dispositif of pacing, as well as other forms of containment through migrant reception centres, internal and international deportations, checkpoints, 'hotspots', push backs, and other bureaucratic practices that impede or impose, slow down or speed up and channel people's movement. We also welcome reflections on other forms of mobility control enacted through techniques that may trace longer genealogies (such as residency laws, incarceration, the revival of anti-vagrancy laws or labour regimes echoing the old plantation systems) plus analyses of the forms of gendered mobility containment which may be effected through various means of discipline, violence, deception, within the household or through religious and lay institutions. This panel aims at exploring the means through which containment is sought, along the symbolic, material, embodied rationalities and irrationalities of power relations, dispositives and techniques, seeking to find the relationships as well as the disjunctures between different regimes of mobility control. Finally, it looks into the forms of resistance, flight and camouflage employed to avoid or mitigate the effects of such containment.