Past Event

Global Perspectives on the Criminalization of Migration: A Conference

November 10, 2023
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Heyman Center, East Campus Residence Hall Columbia University New York, NY 10027

In recent years, successive migration “crises” have propelled borders to the center of media attention, political debate, and collective moral imaginaries. At the same time, the criminalization of migration has become increasingly integrated through practices of border externalization, the modular adaptations of surveillance regimes, and the systematic persecution of border-crossing. Bringing together international scholars and activists, this one-day conference will unearth not only the connections between national and transnational practices for governing mobility, but also how international frameworks for criminalizing migration become entangled with local disciplinary regimes, moral idioms, and political interests. How does the penal regime of the border borrow from criminological paradigms used to prosecute the Mafia, terrorism, and organized subversion? What moral, political, and religious frameworks do states use to criminalize migration, including through the appropriation and manipulation of border death? How do migrants, smugglers, and humanitarians resist or subvert those frameworks, mobilizing their own interpretation of borders and their discontents?

This conference is organized by the Institute for Social and Economic Research with the support of the Department of Anthropology and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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