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Accepted Paper:

The Geopolitics of Race and Sexuality: Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Post-Socialist Politics of Whiteness in the Balkans  
Piro Rexhepi (Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Dive)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines the post-socialist recalibration of European whiteness in the contemporary Euro-Atlantic bordering and integration processes in the Balkans.

Paper long abstract:

Focusing on the Balkans as a locale of multiple and overlapping territorial regimes and as an object of global governance, I look at the mobilization of memory, migration, whiteness, gender and sexuality in the sealing of the Balkan refugee passage and the simultaneous deployment of that process towards the racial rearticulation of the Balkans as Euro-Atlantic geography. Following critical, queer, and feminist traditions of geopolitical thought that call for the conceptualization of bodies and populations as key sites of global power politics , I pay attention to the ways in which racialized and gendered populations come to contest, coopt or converge with the larger security infrastructures of post-socialist Euro-Atlantic border regimes.

Panel P145
Critical whiteness studies of movement, settlement and staying put in Europe
  Session 1 Friday 17 August, 2018, -