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DAFF 2230A - Governing Borders in the 21st Century

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the study of migration, borders and security in the 21st Century. We will explore how the governance of migration and borders has been transformed to include a diverse range of actors away from the exclusive domain of the state. Increasingly, EU agencies, IGOs, NGOs, security professionals and religious organisations have become key players in governing mobilities. Key rationalities underpinning this governance will be explored, from managerial, to security, and humanitarian. Emerging practices for migration control often defy a territorial logic to borders, instead taking place in so-called transit and sending countries or in virtual spaces through surveillance and technology mechanisms. Thus, far from disappearing, as some scholars of globalization maintain, borders are emerging in new spaces both inside and outside the territorial state. This leads us to question the location of borders, their constitution, and their effects on liberties and fundamental rights. The course will provide students with the knowledge and concepts to think critically about how power works through borders and with what effects on states, populations and individuals in terms of their inclusion/exclusion, freedom, and mobility.


FINE, Shoshana (Chargée de mission, France Terre d'asile)

Course validation

1) 30% a 20-minute oral presentation. 2) 40% written exam. 3) 15% press review. 4) 15% in-class participation.


Each student will have to make an oral presentation to be presented in pairs (20-25 minutes) and to present a press review in pairs (10 minutes). One written exam during session 10 (two hours) in French or English.

Required reading

  • Agier, M., Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government. English Editions. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011
  • Andrijasevic R., Walters W., “The International Organization for Migration and the International Government of Borders” in Environment and Planning, Society and Space, volume 28, pp. 977 – 999, 2010
  • Bigo D., Guild E. (eds). Controlling Frontiers. Free Movement Into and Within Europe, Ashgate : Londres, 292p, 2005
  • Geiger, M., Pécoud, A. (eds) The Politics of International Migration Management, Palgrave Macmillon : New York, pp. 1-21. 2010
  • Vaughan William N., Parker, Noel., Critical Border Studies: Broadening and Deepening the 'lines in the Sand' Agenda, Taylor & Francis Group: New York, 192p, 2013

Additional required reading

  • Andreas, P., (eds). The Rebordering of Noth America: Integration andEexclusion in a new Security Context. New York: Routledge, 2003
  • Bigo, D., Security and Immigration: Toward a Critique of the Governmentality of Unease. 27, pp. 63-92, 2002
  • Fassin, D., Policing Borders, Producing Boundaries. The Governmentality of Immigration in Dark Times. The Annual Review of Anthropology, 40, pp. 213-226, 2011
  • Guild, E., Security and Migration in the 21st Century. Polity Press: Cambridge, 2009
  • Geiger, M. and Pécoud, A. (eds). Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People, London: Palgrave Macmillon, 2013
  • Guiraudon, V and Joppke, C., (eds). Controlling a new migration world , London: Routledge, 2001
  • Huysman, J Dobson A. and Prokhovnik, R., (eds). The Politics of Protection: sites of insecurity and political agency. Routledge edn. Oxon, 2009
  • Hyndman, J., Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000
  • Mezzadra, S. and Nielson, B., Border as Method or the Multiplication of Labour. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003
  • Nyers, P., Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency. Oxon: Routledge. 2006
  • Salter, M., “Passports, Mobility, and Security: How smart can the border be?” International studies perspectives 5 (1), pp. 71-91, 2006
  • Squire, V. (eds). The Contested Politics of Mobility. Borderzones and Irregularity. Routledge: Oxon: 2011
  • Zetter, R., More Labels, Fewer Refugees: Remaking the Refugee Label in an Era of Globalization. Journal of Refugee Studies, 20,2, pp. 172-192, 2007
  • Van Houtum H., « The Geopolitics of borders and Boundaries” in Geopolitics, n°4 vol. 10, 2005, pp.672-679
  • Whitley, E. & Rukanova, B. « A Symmetric Analysis of the Border Control Information Systems for People and Trade » in Golden W., et ali., 16th European Conference on Information Systems, pp.1117-1128