B/orders of Europe. Ethnographic accounts of the Restabilization of the European Border Regime
Sabine Hess (Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology)
Paper short abstract:
Against the background of recent research projects along the so called Balkan Route the paper will adress the contours of the post-2015 European border and migration regime. It will show how "Europe" and "european citizenship" are constantly re-negotiated in the wake of this kind of "border work".
Paper long abstract:
Against the background of recent ethnographic research projects along the so called Balkan Route the paper will adress the contours of the post-2015 European border and migration regime. Based on the ethnographic border regime analyses-approach the paper sheds light on different recently emerging informal mechanisms, parctices and infrastructures like the Hungarian "transit zones" in the wake of the attampts by the EU and different nation states to regain control over the movements of migration since 2015. By drawing on insights of legal anthropology and infrastructural studies the paper shows how these overt and rather informal practices and materialities are heavily challenging the notion of "European citizenship", "European integration" and even the legal order of the European Union, not to mention the implications for the Geneva Refugee Convention.