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Debit cards, refugee subjectivities and data circuits, Amsterdam

date October 23, 2018 16:00 - 18:00
city Amsterdam
organisation Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

The antinomies between autonomy and freedom in the Greek migration laboratory

23okt2018 16:00 - 18:00


What are new developments in refugee protection on Europe’s border? How is material support being extended to those in need? What are the implications of these developments for European efforts to control external borders and protect those in need of refuge?


The lecture focuses on the financialisation of refugee humanitarianism in Greece, bringing attention to the Cash Assistance Programme, which is the first EU-funded project in Europe of financial support to the asylum seekers, coordinated by UNHCR. The presentation shows that far from generating financial inclusion, the techniques of financialisation of humanitarianism should be situated among measures for regaining control over unruly movements, predicated upon exclusionary and temporary mechanism of government. In the final part, the talk will focus on the antinomies between freedom and autonomy that the practices and discourses on "refugee digitalities" are predicated upon.

About the speaker

Martina Tazzioli is Lecturer in Geography at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultian.

Discussant: Dr. Rocco Bellanova

Contact person: Dr. Silvia Aru,

This lecture is co-organised by the ACES - FMG Migration Network and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES). Please subscribe to the IMES mailing list to be informed about upcoming events:

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