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070161 VO Global Movements Beyond Security: Reimaging Migration (2011W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte


max. 999 participants
Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 04.11. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Friday 11.11. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Friday 18.11. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Friday 25.11. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Friday 09.12. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Friday 16.12. 15:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7


Aims, contents and method of the course

Short description:
For a number of years, academic and policy-making voices have highlighted the importance of desecuritizing migration, i.e. to stop treating migration as a security problem, which invokes the language and practice of exceptionality in an attempt to secure the ethical and physical boundaries of the ‘self’ against potential ‘threatening others’, exhibiting a tendency in which subjectivities and bodies are safeguarded and regulated within and without the structures of nation states. Critical scholars echo questions of alternative political allegiance and the shattering of territorial boundaries, and practitioners argue for relocating global movements of migration within the realms of ordinary politics. This course aims at scrutinizing the place of violence in political life to tackle migration with respect to democratic liberties and rights.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam = 100%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Attendant to the critics of methodological nationalism and embracing global perspectives, this course makes a call for paying attention to practices of inclusion that create alternative ways of belonging to reimagine migration in politically inclusive ways. Students are encouraged to examine their own questions of interest and, importantly, we will also consider how movement in our own lives has shaped us, and how it fits into broader notions of desecuritizing migration. You will be expected to reflect upon your own self in direct relation to the course topic.

Reading list

Benhabib, Seyla (2009): The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Balibar, Étienne (2004): We, the people of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship, trans. by James Swenson, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
Both books are available at the University library.

Additional literature:
Abrahamsen, Rita (2005): “Blair’s Africa: The Politics of Securitization and Fear”, Alternatives 30, 1, 55–80. (See IGL)
Anderson, Benedict [1983] (2006): “Introduction”, in Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, London, Verso, 1–7.
Anzaldúa, Gloria (1999) [1987]: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, San Francisco, Aunt Lute Books.
Balzacq, Thierry (2005): “The Three Faces of Securitization: Political Agency, Audience and Context”, European Journal of International Relations, 11, 2, 171-201. (See IGL)
Bigo, Didier (2002): “Security and Immigration: Toward a Critique of the Governmentality of Unease”, Alternatives, 27, 63-92. (See IGL)
Bubrandt, Nils (2005): “Vernacular Security: The Politics of Feeling Safe in Global, National and Local Worlds”, Security Dialogue, 36, 3, 275-96. (See IGL)
Cesari, Jocelyne (2002): “Global Multiculturalism: The Challenge of Heterogeneity”, Alternatives, 27, 5-19. (See IGL)
Coetzee, J.M. (2000): Waiting for the Barbarians, London, Vintage.
Dauvergne, Catherine (2007): “Security and Migration Law in the Less Brave New World”, Social & Legal Studies, 16, 4, 533-49.
Doty, Rozanne Lynn (2009): “Why is people’s movement restricted?”, in Edkins, Jenny and Maja Zehfuss (eds.): Global Politics: A New Introduction, London, Routledge, 170-191.
Fekete, Liz (2004): “Anti-Muslim Racism and the European Security State”, Race and Class, 46, 1, 3-29. (See IGL)
Hall, Stuart (1996): “Who needs identity?”, in Hall, Stuart and Paul du Gay (eds.): Questions of Cultural Identity, London, Sage Publications, 1 – 17.
Hammerstad, Anne (2000): “Whose Security? UNHCR, Refugee Protection and State Security After The Cold War”, Security Dialogue, 31, 4, 391-403. (See IGL)
Hansen, Lene (2000) ‘The Little Mermaid’s Silent Security Dilemma and the Absence of Gender in the Copenhagen School’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 29, 2, 285–306.
Huysmans, Jef (2006): “Securitizing Migration: Freedom from existential threats and the constitution of insecure communities”, in The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU, Oxon, Routledge, 45-62.
Kundera, Milan (2002): Ignorance, trans. by Linda Asher, London, Faber and Faber.
Lacher, Wolfram (2008): “Actually Existing Security: The Political Economy of the Saharan Threat”, Security Dialogue, 39, 4, 383-405. (See IGL)
Maalouf, Amin (2002): In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong, trans. by Barbara Bray, New York, Penguin Books.
Mansfield, Nick (2000): Subjectivity: Theories of the self from Freud to Haraway, New York, New York University Press.
Meyer, Sarah (2008): “FMO Research Guide on Local Integration”, Forced Migration Online (FMO), http://www.forcedmigration.org/guides/fmo045/, 25 January 25, 2010.
Roe, Paul (2004): “Securitization and Minority Rights: Conditions of Desecuritization”, Security Dialogue, 35, 279-294. (See IGL)
Weldes, Jutta, Mark Laffey, Hugh Gusterson and Raymond Duvall (1999): “Introduction”, in Jutta Weldes, Mark Laffey, Hugh Gusterson and Raymond Duvall (eds) Cultures of Insecurity, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1–33.
Yuval-Davis, Nira (1995): Gender and Nation, London, Sage.
Wagner, Monika and Werner Zips (2003): “Begegnung oder Integrierten Sorge?”, in Wagner, Monika, Susanne Schwinghammer and Michael Hüttler (eds.): Theater. Begegnung. Integration?, Schriften der Gesellschaft für Theater Ethnologie, Band 2, Frankfurt am Main/ London, IKO-Verlag. (See IGL)

Useful Links:
Find here some links to topics related to the course. I hope we can enrich this list together, hence do not hesitate to share your suggestions with me via email or in class.
De/Securitizing migration:
• Challenge Liberty and Security in Europe, course modules: http://www.libertysecurity.org/module/ See Jef Huysmans and other security scholars on the securitization of migration in the EU
• Debating Europe: The Opportunities and Dangers of Immigration http://etalks.tv/blog/2010/03/22/debating-europe-the-opportunities-and-dangers-of-immigration/ Watch podcasts of this conference (Vienna, 2010) in which Seyla Benhabib participated with a contribution that relates directly to The Rights of Others.
• Citizenship without community: http://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/media/citizenship-without-community-conference-media-10th-may-2010 On this site of the Open University (UK) you can find the conference media files (2010) to listen to Etienne Balibar also touching on the question of cruelty and civility. Highly recommendable is the intervention by Cynthia Weber on how design projects can help us break boundaries and recreate a topography of civility.
• Teun A. van Dijk website: http://www.discourses.org/ Internationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in dismantling racism in discourses (education, politics, media...), this site allows you to download a great amount of articles on the topic in several languages.
International Organizations:
• International Migration UN: http://www.un.org/esa/population/migration/
• International Organization of Migration: http://www.iom.int/

How to access the IGL-site:
Most of the additional readings are available at the IGL (Internet gestützte Lehre) site of the University. To access the site, please visit:
Then click on the third course:
070161 VO Global Movements Beyond Security: Reimaging Migration
Click on “Materialien” and to access the materials use the following information:
Name: 070161
Password: reimaging11

Association in the course directory

Diplom: A1/R4; F; MA Globalgeschichte (Vertiefung 2); MA Geschichte: Vertiefung 2: Späte Neuzeit (4 ECTS); MA Zeitgeschichte (Vertiefung 1+2) 4 ECTS; MATILDA;

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