Luiza Bialasiewicz


Professor of European Governance, University of Amsterdam

(October 2019)


Embodied Geopolitics of Fear

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.


Previvous stays at the IWM:
October 2015–June 2016, Bronisław Geremek Visiting Fellow
November–December 2018, Guest
April–May 2019, Guest


Where Do We Want the EU’s Borders to Lie?

The centres and camps that already exist at Europe’s borders (and those being proposed) are not simply de-territorialized, exceptional, ‘waiting spaces’ where European rights do not (yet) apply. They are rather sites that are crucial to the sorting and organization of the right to European rights, through a principle of differentiated inclusion. Access to the right to asylum is thus no longer regulated through physical presence on national territory, but determined in geographically-dispersed locations.
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