Migration, Borders and the State

5 – 12 May 2019   print this page

Course directors:

Saša Božić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Miguel A. Centeno, Princeton University, United States
Simona Kuti, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, Ireland
Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Daphne Winland, York University, Toronto, Canada
Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Emilio Cocco, University of Teramo, Italy
Michal Vašečka, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Course description:

Changing migration patterns over the last decade have influenced public debates, political landscapes, migration policies and border management, but most importantly, they have challenged the ways in which the state is conceived of at the beginning of the 21st century. Many authors argue that the role of the state, particularly in the West, shifted dramatically by the end of the 20th century. In order to attract and retain capital and investments within their boundaries as well as to secure economic growth, demographic sustainability and socio-economic development,states adopted flexible approaches towards border management, migration, politics of belonging and integration policies. However, political upheavals in the last decade have shown that in the midst of these changes,many states failed to secure balanced regional development, defend their welfare policies and support social cohesion. The growth of political parties, movements and leading often populist, figures that demand rigid border control, heavily restricted immigration, assimilation policies as well as withdrawal from supra-national and transnational arrangements,mark a deep crisis of the flexible, transnationally entangledand socially disengaged state.Yet, the “new statism” of radical parties and movements does not necessarily include the demand for a redistributive and socially inclusive state. They increasingly embrace the ideas of state-sponsored discrimination againstimmigrants and specific ethnic groupsas well as the deconstruction of representative democracy. This year’s course will accordingly address questions such as:

In what ways do changing patterns of migration impact onthe governability of contemporary states?

Can current migration and refugee flows be managed on a supranational and transnational level?

How are current migrationpatterns, increasing surveillance and technologies of border control and contemporary migration policies interconnected with shifting rolesof the state on a global scale?

What kind of conflicts could emerge with the implementation of the “new statism”? In what way would they differ from previous ethnic and migration related conflicts?

We encourage the participation of students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields and disciplines studying social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, migration, ethnicity and diversity.

This post/graduate course will be organized as a rigorous academic interdisciplinary programme structured around lectures, workshops and conference-oriented presentations of scholarly research. Course participants will engage in active discussions on the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of research in divided societies. Graduate and postgraduate students’ presentations are also welcome. In addition, the course offers personal inter-cultural experiences of students and faculty from other contexts in an unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.

The course offers ECTS credits for PhD and MA students (3-5 ECTS).

Course lecturers:

Saša Božić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Simona Kuti, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jose Antonio Gutierrez Danton, University College Dublin, Ireland
Damla Isik, Regis University, Denver, United States
Thomas Leahy, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Nikola Petrović, Institute for Social Research, Zagreb, Croatia
Jaka Primorac, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia