Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Giorgio Grappi

  • Crediti formativi 8

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Modalità didattica Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 27/02/2019 al 30/05/2019

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The aim of this Course is to provide students with analytical skills to assess, research and critically debate the political dimensions of international migrations. At the end of the Course the student is expected to know the layers of governance of the issue at the regional and global level; to acknowledge the main challenges key actors identify with respect to the phenomenon and to be aware of the main resistances to the creation of an effective and efficient governance of the phenomenon.


IMPORTANT NOTE: the course will begin the 27/2. Complete calendar includes 20 classes and will be communicated on the first lesson.

The course will critically analyze the role of migration in shaping global contemporary politics. Using multidisciplinary contributions, ranging from critical migration studies and border studies to political theory and sociology, we will discuss politics of international migration as a contested field challenging international relations, the politics of state sovereignty and the internal orders of society.

  In the first part of the course the topic of international, global and transnational migration will be discussed questioning methodological nationalism and its epistemic consequences on the study of migration. The course will continue discussing the role of borders and the subjectivity of migrants. The main dimensions of international migration governance and the specific situation of the European Union will be addressed.

In the second part of the course the topics of labor and migration, migrant resistance, migration and climate change, gender and criminalization of solidarity will be discussed.


All students are required to know the following texts:

Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark J. Miller, The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World, palgrave macmillan 2014, Ch. 1-2-3.

Maribel Casas-Cortes, Sebastian Cobarrubias, Nicholas De Genova, Glenda Garelli, Giorgio Grappi, et al., ‘New Keywords: Migration and Borders’, Cultural Studies, 29:1, 2015, pp. 55-87.

During the course the following works, or part of them, may be used and discussed:

Moritz Altenried, Manuela Bojadžijev, Leif Höfler, Sandro Mezzadra, and Mira Wallis, ‘Logistical Borderscapes: Politics and Mediation of Mobile Labor in Germany after the “Summer of Migration”’, South Atlantic Quarterly 117:2, pp. 291-312.

Etienne Balibar, ‘What do we owe to the Sans-papier’, eipcp, 1996, http://eipcp.net/transversal/0313/balibar/en .

Harald Bauder, Labor Movement. How Migration Regulates Labor Markets, Oxford University Press, 2006, Part I, pp. 15-52.

Alexander Betts and Lena Kainz, ‘The history of global migration governance’, RSC WORKING PAPER SERIES NO. 122, https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications/the-history-of-global-migration-governance/@@download/file

Manuela Bojadžijev & Sandro Mezzadra “Refugee crisis” or crisis of European migration policies?, focaalblog 12, 2015, https://www.focaalblog.com/2015/11/12/manuela-bojadzijev-and-sandro-mezzadra-refugee-crisis-or-crisis-of-european-migration-policies/

Manuela Bojadžijev ad Serhat Karakayali, ‘Recuperating the Sideshows of Capitalism: The Autonomy of Migration Today’, e-flux journal #17, 2010

Nicholas De Genova and Martina Tazzioli, eds., ‘Europe / Crisis: New Keywords of “the Crisis” in and of “Europe”’, New Futures Online. Zone Books.

Martin Geiger and Antoine Pécoud, ‘International Organisations and the Politics of Migration’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40:6, 2014, pp. 865-887

Martin Geiger and Antoine Pécoud, The Politics of International Migration Management, palgrave macmillan 2010, Ch. 1 pp. 1-20

Nina Hall, Displacement, Development, and Climate Change. International organizations moving beyond their mandates, Routledge 2016, Chs. 1-2-3.

Bernd Kasparek, “Routes, Corridors and Spaces of Exception: Governing Migration and Europe”, Near Futures Online 1, “Europe at a Crossroads”, March 2016.

Massey, D. S., Arango, J., Hugo, G., Kouaouci, A., Pellegrino, A. and Taylor, J. E. (1993). Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal. Population and Development Review, 19(3): pp. 431-466.

Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor, Duke University Press 2013, Ch. 1 pp. 1-26, Ch. 5 pp. 131-166.

Sandro Mezzadra, ‘The gaze of autonomy. Capitalism, migration and social struggles’ in: V. Squire, The Contested Politics of Mobility: Borderzones and Irregularity, London: Routledge, 2011.

Mezzadra, Sandro. 2016. “MLC 2015 Keynote: What’s at stake in the Mobility of La- bour? Borders, Migration, Contemporary Capitalism.” Migration, Mobility, & Displace- ment 2 (1): 30-43.

New Keywords Collective (2016) Europe/Crisis: New Keywords of ‘the Crisis’ in and of

‘Europe’. New Futures Online. Zone Books.

Mussche, Ninke, Corluy, Vincent and Marx, Ive, ‘How Posting Shapes a Hybrid Single European Labour Market’, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 24:2, 2018, pp. 113-127.

Jacques Rancière, Dis-agreement. Politics and Philosophy, University of Minnesota Press 1999, Ch. 21 pp. 21-42.

Abdelmalek Sayad, The suffering of the immigrant, Polity Press 2004, Ch. 12 pp. 278-293.

Nina Schiller, A Global Perspective on Transnational Migration: Theorizing Migration without Methodological Nationalism, Working Paper No. 67, University of Oxford, 2009, https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/2009/wp-2009-067-schiller_methodological_nationalism_migration/

Maurice Stierl, Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe, Taylor & Francis, 2019

Wagner, Ines, The Political Economy of Borders in a 'Borderless' European Labour Market’, Journal of Common Market Studies 35:6, 2015, pp. 1370-1385.

Wimmer A and Glick Schiller N (2002) Methodological Nationalism and Beyond: Nation-State Building, Migration and the Social Sciences. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs 2(4): 301-334

Martina Tazzioli, ‘Crime of solidarity. Migration and containment through rescue’, Radical Philosophy 2.01, February 2018, https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/commentary/crimes-of-solidarity

Metodi didattici

The course will be structured in frontal lessons, seminars on specific issues and a laboratory organized together with students, where they can present thesis on the bases of the lessons and bibliography and discuss specific case-studies of their choice with the class. In specific moments of the course lectures may be complemented with other, less conventional, sources such as videos and images.

Reading materials will be provided by the teacher.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students attending classwork will write a final paper (no more than 3000 words) on a topic agreed with the teacher. Personal engagement and initiative in proposing and articulating themes for discussion will be appreciated and positively evaluated.

Students not attending classwork must will have to read the following texts, plus at least another text, extract or article chosen from the bibliography above as agreed with the teacher:

Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark J. Miller, The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World, palgrave macmillan 2014, Ch. 1-2-3.

Maribel Casas-Cortes, Sebastian Cobarrubias, Nicholas De Genova, Glenda Garelli, Giorgio Grappi, et al., ‘New Keywords: Migration and Borders’, Cultural Studies, 29:1, 2015, pp. 55-87.

Further readings may be agreed with the teacher.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Giorgio Grappi