IMER Bergen
IMER Seminar

A Critical Appraisal of Contemporary Migration Governance. 25th January, 2022.

Are you interested in how migration governance and politics of migration are constituted and contested from global standpoints? Do you see the need for a critical appraisal of migration governance from interdisciplinary perspectives? If yes, you don’t want to miss our IMER seminar on January 25th.

Regine Paul
Regine Paul is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen. She has published widely on comparative labour migration and mobility governance in Europe, and on the notions of risk and resilience in policymaking at large. Her current research addresses the uses and regulation of artificial intelligence technologies in the public sector. She is Editor of Critical Policy Studies.
Regine Paul

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In this seminar, Regine Paul  will present the  Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Migration (2021, Edward Elgar) which she co-edited. The handbook sets out to critically appraise contemporary migration governance in interdisciplinary, and decidedly global, perspectives. The handbook highlights the relationship between governance and migration as mutually constitutive, and thus intrinsically political and contested. Specific concepts used in migration governance such as citizenship, humanitarianism, and border, as well as specific categories of migrants, such as forced, voluntary, skilled worker, or family member, at specific spaces like camps, routes, homes or workplaces are addressed at this backdrop.

 This handbook constitutes an important contribution to the field of migration as illustrated in this video.

 In her talk, Regine Paul will focus on the Handbook’s “conceptual-analytical map". In particular, she will introduce their conceptualization of the governance and politics of migration and discuss how they are constituted from the contradictions between their (1) conceptual framing and material expression; (2) global scope and relational practice; and (3) structured form and dynamic changeability. Next to illustrating the usefulness of this conceptual framework with examples from the Handbook, Regine will summarize the book’s key contributions to re-politicizing and decolonializing migration governance research.