Luiza Bialasiewicz

Fellowships

Fellowships
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Much recent work on the illiberal turn in Europe points to the role of a geopolitics of fear in the rise of populist forces, but the focus is largely on representational practices and performances. My project looks instead to what critical geographers have termed ‘everyday affective geopolitics’. Building upon research on anti-migrant mobilization in European cities, it explores the changing political geographies of populism and illiberalism, examining how wider fears touch down in particular places and are made to ‘stick’ to particular bodies and sites.

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Much recent work on the illiberal turn in Europe points to the role of a geopolitics of fear in the rise of populist forces, but the focus is largely on representational practices and performances. My project looks instead to what critical geographers have termed ‘everyday affective geopolitics’. Building upon research on anti-migrant mobilization in European cities, it explores the changing political geographies of populism and illiberalism, examining how wider fears touch down in particular places and are made to ‘stick’ to particular bodies and sites.

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Luiza Bialasiewicz spent 2 months at the IWM during 2018 to work on her research “Embodied Geopolitics of Fear".