teaching materials

literature used and recommended for teaching by various STS-MIGTEC members. We consider this as a working document and welcome further suggestions. Please get in touch.

multiple conceptual viewpoints towards border and migration studies

  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson. B. (2013): Border as Method. Durham: Duke.
  • Papadopoulos, D. and Tsianos V. (2013) ‘After citizenship: autonomy of migration, organisational ontology and mobile commons’. Citizenship Studies 17, pp. 178‒196.
  • Saucier, P. K. and Woods T. P. (2014) ‘Ex Aqua: The Mediterranean Basin, Africans on the Move and the Politics of Policing’. Theoria: The Journal of Social and Political Theory 141 (December), pp. 55–75.
  • Dijstelbloem, H., & Pelizza, A. (2019). The State is the Secret: For a relational approach to the study of border and mobility control in Europe. In M. de Goede, E. Bosma, & P. Pallister-Wilkins (Eds.), Secrecy and Methodology in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (1 ed., pp. 48-62). Routledge.

mobility control, security and surveillance

  • Bigo D (2002) Security and Immigration: Toward a Critique of the Governmentality of Unease. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 27(1): 63-92.
  • Burgess J P (2009) There is No European Security, Only European Securities. Cooperation and Conflict 44(3):309-328.
  • Lemberg-Pedersen, M. (2018) ‘Security, industry and migration in European border control’. In: Weinar A., Bonjour S. and Zhyznomirska L. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe. London: Routledge.
  • Neal A W (2009) Securitization and Risk at the EU Border: The Origins of FRONTEX. Journal of Common Market Studies 47(2): 333-356.
  • Huysmans J (2000) The European Union and the Securitization of Migration. Journal of Common Market Studies 38(5): 751-777.

migrant subjects’ perspectives and struggles

  • Kubal A (2014) Struggles Against Subjection: Implications of Criminalization of Migration for Migrants’ Everyday Lives in Europe. Crime, Law and Social Change 62(2): 91-111.
  • Tazzioli, M. (2017) ‘Containment through mobility: migrants’ spatial disobediences and the reshaping of control through the hotspot system’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44 (16), pp. 2764–2779.
  • Mai, N. (2014) ‘Between Embodied Cosmopolitism and Sexual Humanitarianism. The Fractal Mobilities and Subjectivities of Migrants Working in the Sex Industry’. In: Anteby-Yemini L., Baby-Collin V. and Mazzella S. (eds) Borders, Mobilities and Migrations. Perspectives from the Mediterranean, 19th–21st Century. Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford and Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 175–192.

digitized global mobilities and migration control

  • de Hert, Paul and Serge Gutwirth. 2006. “Interoperability of Police Databases within the EU: An Accountable Political Choice?” International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 20(1–2):21–35.
  • Geyer F (2008) Taking Stock: Databases and Systems of Information Exchange in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Challenge Research Paper No. 9.
  • Scheel, Stephan; Evelyn Ruppert and Funda Ustek-Spilda (2019):”Enacting Migration through Data Practices.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37 (4):579–588. Open access: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0263775819865791

illegalization and racialization of migrations

  • Black R (2003) Breaking the Convention: Researching the “Illegal” Migration of Refugees to Europe. Antipode 35(1): 34-54.
  • M’charek, Amade, Katharina Schramm, and David Skinner. 2014. “Topologies of Race: Doing Territory, Population and Identity in Europe.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 39(4):468–87.
  • Danewid, I.: (2017) ‘White innocence in the Black Mediterranean: hospitality and the erasure of history’. Third World Quarterly 38 (7), pp. 1674‒1689.
  • Tazzioli, M. and Garelli G. (2018): ‘Containment beyond detention: The hotspot system and disrupted migration movements across Europe’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

politics of expertise and migration management

  • Boswell, C. (2008) The political functions of expert knowledge: knowledge and legitimation in European Union immigration policy, Journal of European Public Policy, 15:4, 471-488, DOI: 10.1080/13501760801996634
  • Scheel, Stephan and Funda Ustek-Spilda (2019): “On the Politics of Expertise and Ignorance in the Field of Migration Management.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 37 (4): 663–681. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775819843677

infrastructures, migration and citizenship

  • M’charek, Amade and Sara Casartelli. 2019. “Identifying Dead Migrants: Forensic Care Work and Relational Citizenship.” Citizenship Studies 1–20.
  • Pelizza, Annalisa. 2020. “Processing Alterity, Enacting Europe: Migrant Registration and Identification as Co-Construction of Individuals and Polities.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 45(2):262–88. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07341512.2011.604166).
  • Pollozek, Silvan and Jan Hendrik Passoth. 2019. “Infrastructuring European Migration and Border Control: The Logistics of Registration and Identification at Moria Hotspot.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37(4):606–24. 2020 (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0263775819835819).

further literature


  • Dijstelbloem H and Meijer A (eds) (2011) Migration and the new technological borders of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Feldman, G. (2012). The Migration Apparatus: Security, Labor, and Policymaking in the European Union. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Heinemann T, Helén I,Lemke T, Naue U, and Weiss MG, (eds) (2015) Suspect Families: DNA Analysis, Family Reunification and Immigration Policies. Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
  • Olwig K F, Grünenberg K, Møhl P and Simonsen A (2020) The Biometric Border World: Technologies, Bodies and Identities on the Move. London: Routledge


  • Amicelle A, Aradau C and Jeandesboz J (2015) Questioning security devices: Performativity, resistance, politics. Security Dialogue 46(4): 293–306.
  • Andersson R (2016) Hardwiring the frontier? The politics of security technology in Europe’s fight against illegal migration. Security Dialogue 47(1): 22–39.
  • Allen, W. L., & Vollmer, B. A. (2018). Clean skins: Making the e-Border security assemblage. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space36(1), 23–39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775817722565
  • Bourne M, Johnson H and Lisle D (2015) Laboratizing the border: The production, translation and anticipation of security technologies. Security Dialogue 46(4): 307–325.
  • Broeders D (2007) The new digital Borders of Europe: EU databases and the surveillance of irregular migrants. International Sociology 22(1): 71–92.
  • Cakici B, Ruppert E and Scheel S (2019). Peopling Europe through Data Practices: Introduction to the Special Issue. Science, Technology, & Human Values. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243919897822
  • Dijstelbloem H and Broeders D (2015) Border surveillance, mobility management and the shaping of non-publics in Europe. European Journal of Social Theory 18(1): 21– 38.
  • Follis K S (2017) Vision and Transterritory: The Borders of Europe. Science, Technology, & Human Values 42(6): 1003–1030.
  • Haggerty KD and Ericson RV (2000) The surveillant assemblage. British Journal of Sociology 51(4): 605–622.
  • Heinemann T, and  Lemke T (2013) Suspect Families: DNA Kinship Testing in German Immigration Policy. Sociology 47(4), 810–827.
  • Pezzani, L., & Heller, C. (2013). A disobedient gaze: strategic interventions in the knowledge(s) of maritime borders. Postcolonial Studies16(3), 289–298. https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2013.850047
  • Pezzani, L., & Heller, C. (2019). AIS Politics: The Contested Use of Vessel Tracking at the EU’s Maritime Frontier. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 016224391985267. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243919852672
  • Jeandesboz J (2016) Smartening border security in the European Union: An associational inquiry. Security Dialogue 47(4): 292–309. https://doi.org/10.1177/0967010616650226
  • Kuster B and Tsianos V (2013) Mig@Net report – Border crossings. Available at: http://www.mignetproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/MIGNET_Deliverable_6_Thematic_report_Border_crossings.pdf (accessed 12 September 2017).
  • Lee C, and Voigt TH (2019) DNA Testing for Family Reunification and the Limits of Biological Truth. Science, Technology, & Human Values https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243919862870.
  • Lin W, Lindquist J, Xiang B and Yeoh B (2017) Migration infrastructures and the production of migrant mobilities. Mobilities 12(2): 167-174.
  • Mezzadra S and Neilson B (2013) Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Pallister-Wilkins P (2016) How walls do work: Security barriers as devices of interruption and data capture. Security Dialogue 47(2): 151–164.
  • Pelizza A (2019) Processing alterity, enacting europe: Migrant registration and identification as co-construction of individuals and polities. Science, Technology, & Human Values. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243919827927
  • Rosière, S. and Jones, R., 2012. Teichopolitics: Re-considering globalisation through the role of walls and fences. Geopolitics, 17(1), pp.217-234.
  • Scheel S and F. Ustek-Spilda (2019) The politics of expertise and ignorance in the field of migration management. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37(4): 663–681. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775819843677
  • Sontowski, S. (2018). Speed, timing and duration: contested temporalities, techno-political controversies and the emergence of the EU’s smart border. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(16), 2730–2746. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1401512
  • Tsianos, V. S., & Kuster, B. (2016). Eurodac in Times of Bigness: The Power of Big Data within the Emerging European IT Agency. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 31(2), 235–249. https://doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2016.1174606
  • Walters W (2002) Mapping Schengenland: Denaturalizing the border. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 20(5): 561–580.
  • Walters W (2006) Border/Control. European Journal of Social Theory 9(2): 187–203.
  • Xiang B and Lindquist J (2014) Migration Infrastructure. International Migration Review 48 (1): 122–148.

Thanks to all those who contributed to the resources provided here: Dr. Nina Amelung, Dr. Gaia Giuliani, Dr. Matthias Leese, Prof. Dr. Annalisa Pelizza, Silvan Pollozek, Prof. Aristotle Tympas, Tim Schütz, Paul Trauttmansdorff, Wouter van Rossem, Prof. Torsten H Voigt