​Affective Control: The Emotional Life of (En)forcing Mobility Control in Europe

​Affective Control: The Emotional Life of (En)forcing Mobility Control in Europe

Sociology; College of Social Sciences Hub
Date: Monday 11 March 2024
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Online (Zoom link to be emailed to registered attendees)
Category: Academic events, Student events, Staff workshops and seminars
Speaker: Panel event
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/affective-control-the-emotional-life-of-mobility-control-in-europe-tickets-793142148517

This panel event draws on a special issue published by Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power on Affective Control: The Emotional Life of Mobility Control in Europe

Current outcomes of immigration enforcement policies and apparatuses call for rethinking the ethics behind our understanding of community belonging, human rights and just society. The ethics at work are often presented as emotions creating a particular affective atmosphere that permits the ongoing implementation of enforcing migration.

The special and panel focus on and examine emotions as processes of organizing that are mobilized in support of certain ethics. In the context of immigration enforcement, these emotions are not self-explanatory, but they can justify the potential for violence and even deem it necessary, including notably in the case of the emotions or affects of enforcers (as opposed to migrants), which have been less addressed.

The contributions to the Special Issue and panel, which include the authors of four of the articles and the Guest Editors, pay particular attention to institutional racism within state structures. They reveal the ways in which emotions are instrumental to the operations of state bureaucracy within the repressive migration apparatus and point to the ethics that allow individuals to conform to state structures of oppression.

Please join us for this important discussion.


  • Ioana Vrabiescu, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol
  • Alpa Parmar, University of Cambridge
  • Corina Tulbure, University of Barcelona
  • Melanie Griffiths, University of Birmingham

Chaired by: Aaron Winter, Lancaster University

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