CfP: Intra-EU Mobilities: Governance, Bordering and Resistance

8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim, Norway, June 16 – 19 2019

Session Convenors:

Kathy Burrell, University of Liverpool

Kathryn Cassidy, Northumbria University

With so much attention being drawn to the spectacle (de Genova 2002, 2013) at the external borders of the EU, and the shifting transfigurations of Fortress Europe (Kofman and Sales, 1992) as it is ‘tested’ by the ongoing trauma of the so called ‘European refugee crisis’, it is easy to recognise, and juxtapose, the privileged mobility status that EU citizens hold, by contrast, within the EU. More and more research, however, has been highlighting that even these most secure of mobile citizens have been facing different a range of bordering practices which are reaching into everyday lives (de Genova, 2018; Yuval-Davis et al, 2018). The position of EU citizens as they move and reside across the block is shaped and sometimes curtailed by a whole series of developments and policies, from welfare bordering and ‘workfare’ initiatives, to the uncertainty brought about by political developments such as the UK’s Brexit move. In this session we wish to explore the kinds of precarities faced by mobile EU citizens, how these kinds of mobilities are governed differently in different EU states, the socially differentiated experiences of these EU citizens, and how these kinds of policies and vulnerabilities are confronted and resisted.

Papers are invited which consider a range of theoretical frameworks and empirical case-studies from different countries, possibly including:

– Different, and changing policies towards EU migrants in EU member states

– Grey areas or zones and the layering of complexity – stratified European citizenship and overlapping mobilities, e.g. Schengen, EEA countries, regional free movement arrangements

– The imaginaries framing European citizenship and mobility, postcoloniality and race

– Welfare and workfare bordering policies and how they are differentially experienced in everyday life

– Other kinds of everyday bordering

– Intersectional impacts of different policies

– Emerging resistances to different bordering practices

Please email proposed paper abstracts of around 200 words to kburrell@liverpool.ac.uk and kathryn.cassidy@northumbria.ac.uk by 15 December 2018.