Managing Migration? The Politics of Truth and Life Itself,
CFP for a special issue of the Irish Journal of Anthropology (IJA)
Managing Migration? The Politics of Truth and Life Itself
Proposal for a Special Issue of the
Irish Journal of Anthropology (IJA)
Mark Maguire & Fiona Murphy
Call for publication
Governments are attempting to promote the mobility necessary for participation in the global economy while at the same time controlling that same mobility. From the management of borders to debates over minority integration there is an increasing recognition that a new (bio)politics is emerging. At the same time, social scientists are attempting to understand the ramifications of converging trends towards securitisation, humanitarianism and neo-liberal migration regimes. From ‘truth’ in asylum claims to humanitarian government, migration is fruitfully being explored in terms of biopower, management and the politics of truth and life itself. New intellectual ground is being broken and anthropologists and other social scientists are drawing on the contributions of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Nickolas Rose and others in order to approach migration management as biopolitics.
In order to explore these themes, Mark Maguire and Fiona Murphy, Department of Anthropology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, are editing a special number of the Irish Journal of Anthropology (IJA). For journal information see http://www.anthropologyireland.org/ijajournal1.htm
Review articles of no more than 4,000 words; articles of no more that 6,000 words on the theoretical dimensions of biopolitics and biopower; or articles of no more than 8,000 words that draw on ethnographic or other primary research to explore migration management. The latter type of article may focus on data from any geographic region, however articles that discuss the US-Mexico or US-Canadian borders, the Middle East or South Asia are especially welcome.
If you are interested
If you are interested please forward an abstract of no more than 150 words, giving your name, institutional affiliation and four key words by end July 2009. The special issue will go to press in December 2009, therefore completed articles are required by 5.00pm GMT on Thursday, 01 October 2009.
Abstracts by email only with the subject line Managing Migration to Mark Maguire, PhD, at Mark.H.Maguire@nuim.ie
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