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Martina Tazzioli

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: M-GGR/01 Geography


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Publications prior to 2004


Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Border Abolitionism. Migrants’ containment and the genealogies of struggles and rescue. Manchester University Press.

Davies, William, Dutta, Sahil J., Taylor, Nick and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Unprecedented ? HowCOVID-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781913380120. (Accepted, forthcoming).

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. The Making of Migration: The Biopolitics of Mobility at Europe’s Borders. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781526464040

Tazzioli, Martina, Garelli, Glenda. 2017. Tunisia as a Revolutionised Space of Migration. New York: Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 9781137505873.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2014. Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings. London: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781783481040

Edited volumes:

Closs-Stephens, Angharad and Tazzioli, Martina. eds. Collective Movements and Emerging Political Spaces. Routledge- International Political Sociology Series (under contract).

Tazzioli, Martina and Walters, William. eds. 2023. Handbook on Governmentality. Edward Elgar Publishers.

Cremonesi, Laura, Irrera, Orazio, Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina. eds. 2016. Foucault and the Making of Subjects. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781786601049

Tazzioli, Martina and De Genova, Nicholas., eds. 2016. Europe/Crisis: New Keywords of "the Crisis" in and of "Europe". Brooklyn, New York: Zone Books.

Fuggle, Sophie, Lanci, Yari and Tazzioli, Martina. eds. 2015. Foucault and the History of Our Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137385918

Book chapters:

Tazzioli, Martina. “Extractive humanitarianism and refugees’ unpaid labour”. In Maurizio Atzeni, Alessandra Mezzadri, Dario Azzellini, Phoebe Moore and Ursula Apitzsch, eds. Handbook on the Global Political Economy of Work. Elgar. (Accepted for publication).

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. “Counter-mapping the techno-hype in migration research”. In Vasilis Galis, Martin Bak Jorgensen and Marie Sandberg. Eds. The Migration Mobile. Border Dissidence, Sociotechnical Resistance, and the Construction of Irregularized Migrants. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 248-260.

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2022. “When the “Via” Is Fragmented and Disrupted: Migrants’ Walking along the Alpine Route”. In William Walters, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, eds. Viapolitics. Migration, Borders and the Power of Locomotion. Duke University Press. pp. 235-258. ISBN 1478014288

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. “Migrants’ displacements at the internal frontiers of Europe”. In: Peter Adey, Janet, C. Bowstead, Katherine Brickell, Vandana Desai, Mike Dolton, Alasdair Pinkerton and Ayesha Siddiqi, eds. The Handbook of Displacement. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 313-328. ISBN 978-3-030-47177-4

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. “Counter-mapping the borders of Europe. Towards a non-cartographic counter-mapping approach”. In Celine, Cantat, Eda, Sevinin, Ewa Maczynska, Tegiye Birey, eds. Challenging the Political Across Borders: Migrants’ and Solidarity Struggles. Central European University Publications. pp. 49-71.ISBN 978-963-386-007-6

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. “Military-humanitarianism”. In: Katharyne Mitchell; Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri, eds. Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 182-192. ISBN 9781786436023

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2019. “Counter-mapping refugees and asylum borders”. In Katharyne Mitchell; Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri, eds. Handbook of Critical Geographies of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 397-409. ISBN 9781786436023

Tazzioli, Martina . 2019. "This is not a camp: persistent traces of migrant encampments at the French-Italian frontier”. In: Jean-Frédéric de Hasque and Clara Lecadet, eds. Apres les camps: Traces, mémoires et mutations des camps de réfugiés. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Academia-L'Harmattan, pp. 153-170. ISBN 9782806104304

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2017. Choucha beyond the Camp: Challenging the Border of Migration Studies. In: Nicholas De Genova, ed. The Borders of "Europe": Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 165-184. ISBN 9780822369165

Tazzioli, Martina . 2015. Discordant migrants' freedom and the bordering of migrants lives. Three snapshots on revolutionized spaces in the aftermath of the Arab Springs. In: Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar, eds. Biopower: Foucault and Beyond. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 123-140. ISBN 9780226226620

Journal special issues edited

“Rethinking Migration and Autonomy from within the “Crises” (with N. De Genova and G. Garelli). South Atlantic quarterly, 1(2), 2018. ISSN 0038-2876.

“Mediterranean Movements: Mobility Struggles, Border Restructuring, and the Humanitarian Frontier” (with G. Garelli and A. Sciurba). Antipode, 50(3). ISSN 0066-4812.

“Governing Mobility through the European Union’s Hotspot Centers” (with L. Martin). Society & Space, https://

“Challenging the Discipline of Migration - Militant Research in Migration studies” (with G. Garelli). Postcolonial Studies, 16(3), ISSN 14661888.

Journal articles:

Tazzioli, Martina and De Genova Nicholas. “Border abolitionism as an analytical-political standpoint”. Social Text. Forthcoming.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Digital expulsions. Refugees’ carcerality and the technologicaldisruptions of asylum. Environment &Planning C, 1-16. Canzutti, Lucrezia & Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Digital-nondigital assemblages: data, paper trails and migrants’ scattered subjectivities at the border. International Political Sociology, 17, 1-17.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Confining by Choking Refugees’ Lifetime. Geopolitics, 1-22.

Valdivia, A., & Tazzioli, M. 2023. Datafication Genealogies beyond Algorithmic Fairness: Making Up Racialised Subjects. In Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (pp. 840-850).

Tazzioli, Martina and Martin, Lauren. 2023. Value extraction through refugee carcerality: Data, labour and financialised accommodation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 41(2), 191-209.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. “Governing refugees through disorientation and forced technological mediations”. Review of International Studies, 48(3), pp. 425-440. ISSN 0967-0106

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labor in Refugees Governmentality. Communication, Culture and Critique, 15(2), pp. 176-192.

Tazzioli, Martina . 2022. The technological obstructions of asylum: Asylum seekers as forced techno-users and governing through disorientation. Security Dialogue, 53(3), pp. 202-219.

Scheel, Stephan, Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Who is a Migrant? Abandoning the Nation-state Point of View in the Study of Migration. Migration Politics, 1(1), 002.

Tazzioli, Martina and Stierl, Maurice. 2021. “We Closed the Ports to Protect Refugees.” Hygienic Borders and Deterrence Humanitarianism during Covid-19. International Political Sociology, 15(4), pp. 539-558. ISSN 1749-5679

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. The making of racialized subjects: Practices, history, struggles. Security Dialogue, 52(1_supp), pp. 107-114. ISSN 0967-0106

Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. The Making and the Undoing of “Migration”: Towards an Abolitionist Horizon. Journal of World-Systems Research, 27(2), pp. 378-382. ISSN 1076-156X

Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. “Choking without killing”: Opacity and the grey area of migration governmentality. Political Geography, 89, p. 102412. ISSN 0962-6298

Aradau, Claudia and Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. Covid-19 and rebordering the world. Radical Philosophy, 2.10, ISSN 0300-211X

De Genova, Nicholas and Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Minor Keywords of Political Theory: Migration as a Critical Standpoint. A collaborative project of collective writing. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, ISSN 2399-6544

Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. Towards a genealogy of migrant struggles and rescue. The memory of solidarity at the Alpine border. Citizenship Studies, 25(5), pp. 603-619. ISSN 1362-1025

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. “Keeping on the move without letting pass’: Rethinking biopolitics through mobility”. Environment & Planning C: Society & Space, pp. 7-10 ISSN 2399-6552

Tazzioli, Martina and Stierl, Maurice. 2021. Europe’s unsafe environment: migrant confinement under Covid-19. Critical Studies on Security, 9(1), pp. 76-80. ISSN 2162-4887

Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. Excavating the genealogies of struggles and of the migrant mob. Dialogues in Human Geography, 11(3), pp. 523-526. ISSN 2043-8206

Tazzioli, Martina . 2021. A “Passport to Freedom”? COVID-19 and the Re-bordering of the World. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 12(2), 355 -361. ISSN 1867-299X

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2020. Containment beyond detention: The hotspot system and disrupted migration movements across Europe. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(6), pp. 1009-1027. ISSN 0263-7758

Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. The politics of migrant dispersal. Policing and dividing migrant multiplicities. Migration Studies, 8(4), pp. 510-529. ISSN 2049-5838

Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. Extract, datafy and disrupt. Refugees' subjectivities between data abundance and data disregard. Geopolitics, ISSN 1465-0045

Tazzioli, Martina and De Genova, Nicholas. 2020. Kidnapping migrants as a tactic of border enforcement. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(5), pp. 867-886. ISSN 0263-7758

Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. What is Left of Migrants’ Spaces? Transversal Alliances and the Temporality of Solidarity. Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), 1(1), pp. 137-161. ISSN 2590-3284.

Tazzioli, Martina and Lorenzini, Daniele. 2020. Critique without ontology. Genealogy, collective subjects and the deadlocks of evidence. Radical Philosophy, ISSN 0300-211X

Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. Disjointed knowledges, obfuscated visibility. Border controls at the French-Italian Alpine border. Political Geography, 79(102155), ISSN 0962-6298

Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. Governing migrant mobility through mobility: Containment and dispersal at the internal frontiers of Europe. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 38(1), pp. 3-19. ISSN 2399-6544

Aradau, Claudia and Tazzioli, Martina . 2020. Biopolitics multiple: migration, extraction, subtraction. Millennium, 48(2), pp. 198-220. ISSN 0305-8298

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Towards a History of Mountain Runaways “Migrants” and the Genealogies of Mountain Rescue and Struggles. Journal of Alpine Research| Revue de géographie alpine, 108, pp. 1-15. ISSN 1760-7426.

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. “Migration and pull-factor traps”. Migration Studies, 9(3), pp. 383-399. ISSN 2049-5846.

Tazzioli, Martina . 2019. Refugees’ Debit Cards, Subjectivities, and Data Circuits: Financial-Humanitarianism in the Greek Migration Laboratory. International Political Sociology, 13(4), pp. 392-408. ISSN 1749-5679

Tazzioli, Martina and Walters, William. 2019. Migration, solidarity and the limits of Europe. Global Discourse, 9(1), pp. 175-190. ISSN 2326-9995

Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. Spy, track and archive: The temporality of visibility in Eurosur and Jora. Security Dialogue, 49(4), pp. 272-288. ISSN 0967-0106

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. The Humanitarian War Against Migrant Smugglers at Sea. Antipode, 50(3), pp. 685-703. ISSN 0066-4812

Garelli, Glenda; Sciurba, Alessandra and Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. Introduction: Mediterranean Movements and the Reconfiguration of the Military-Humanitarian Border in 2015. Antipode, 50(3), pp. 662-672. ISSN 0066-4812

Tazzioli, Martina ; De Genova, Nicholas and Garelli, Glenda. 2018. Autonomy of Asylum?: The Autonomy of Migration Undoing the Refugee Crisis Script. South Atlantic Quarterly, 117(2), pp. 239-265. ISSN 0038-2876

Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. The temporal borders of asylum. Temporality of control in the EU border regime. Political Geography, 64, pp. 13-22. ISSN 0962-6298

Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. Crimes of solidarity: migration and containment through rescue. Radical Philosophy, 2(01), ISSN 0300-211X

Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Confessional Subjects and Conducts of Non-Truth: Foucault, Fanon, and the Making of the Subject. Theory, Culture & Society, 35(1), pp. 71-90. ISSN 0263-2764

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina . 2018. The biopolitical warfare on migrants: EU Naval Force and NATO operations of migration government in the Mediterranean. Critical Military Studies, 4(2), pp. 181-200. ISSN 2333-7486

Tazzioli, Martina . 2017. Containment through mobility: migrants’ spatial disobediences and the reshaping of control through the hotspot system in the Mediterranean. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(16), pp. 2764-2779. ISSN 1369-183X

Tazzioli, Martina . 2017. The government of migrant mobs: Temporary divisible multiplicities in border zones. European Journal of Social Theory, 20(4), pp. 473-490. ISSN 1368-4310

Tazzioli, Martina . 2016. Eurosur, Humanitarian Visibility, and (Nearly) Real-time Mapping in the Mediterranean. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 15(3), pp. 561-579. ISSN 1492-9732

Tazzioli, Martina and Walters, William. 2016. The Sight of Migration: Governmentality, Visibility and Europe’s Contested Borders. Global Society, 30(3), pp. 445-464. ISSN 1360-0826

Tazzioli, Martina. 2016. Border Displacements. Humanitarian visibility between Triton and Mare Nostrum. Migration Studies, 4(1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 2049-5838.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. “Which Europe?. Migrants’ uneven geographies and counter-mapping at the limits of representation”. Movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies, 1(2), pp. 1-20. ISSN 2364-8732

Tazzioli, Martina . 2015. The politics of counting and the scene of rescue. Radical Philosophy, 192, pp. 2-6. ISSN 0300-211X

Tazzioli, Martina . 2015. The desultory politics of mobility and the humanitarian-military border in the Mediterranean. Mare Nostrum beyond the sea. REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, 23(44), pp. 61-82. ISSN 1980-8585

Casas-Cortes, Maribel; Cobarrubias, Sebastian; De Genova, Nicholas; Garelli, Glenda; Grappi, Giorgio; Heller, Charles ; Hess, Sabine; Kasparek, Bernd; Mezzadra, Sandro; Neilson, Brett; Peano, Irene; Pezzani, Lorenzo ; Pickles, John; Rahola, Federico; Riedner, Lisa; Scheel, Stephan and Tazzioli, Martina . 2014. New Keywords: Migration and Borders. Cultural Studies, 29(1), pp. 55-87. ISSN 0950-2386

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina . 2013. Arab Springs Making Space: Territoriality and Moral Geographies for Asylum Seekers in Italy. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(6), pp. 1004-1021. ISSN 0263-7758.

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina . 2013. Migration Discipline Hijacked: Distances and Interruptions of Research Militancy. Postcolonial Studies, 16(3), pp. 299-308. ISSN 1368-8790.

Other media:

Academic blog posts:

Tazzioli, Martina and Canzutti Lucrezia. 2022. Undoing the migration digital black box. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at:

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Technologies of Expulsion: Rethinking Refugees’ Carceral Economies Beyond Surveillance. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at: criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2021/11/technologies

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Confine to Protect: Greek Hotspots and the Hygienic-Sanitary Borders of Covid-19. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at: criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2020/09/confine-protect

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. The temporary financialisation of refugees in Greece. Speri blog. http://

Tazzioli, Martina, 2020. Stay safe, stay away and put face masks on - the hygienic-sanitary borders of Covid-19. PERC blog. [] sanitary-borders-of-covid-19/

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Towards a Genealogy of Europe’s Migrant Spaces: A Map-Archive of Border Zones. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at: centreborder-criminologies/blog/2018/11/towards-genealogy

Tazzioli, Martina. 2017. The Circuits of Financial-Humanitarianism in the Greek Migration Laboratory. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at: centreborder-criminologies/blog/2017/09/circuits

Tazzioli, Martina. 2017. Containment Through Mobility at the Internal Frontiers of Europe. BorderCriminologies Blog. Available at: [] criminologies/blog/2017/03/containment

Tazzioli, Martina. 2016. Identify, label and divide. The temporality of control and temporal borders in the hotspot. Society and Space. Available at: temporality-of-control-and-temporal-borders-in-the-hotspots

Non-academic online outlets

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. COVID’s borders: between peer-to-peer surveillance and the “common good”. Opendemocracy. [] surveillance-and-the-common-good/

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. How cashless programmes to support refugees’ independence can restrict their freedoms. The Conversation. independence-can-restrict-their-freedoms-113623

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. When rescue is capture: kidnapping and dividing migrants in the Mediterranean. Opendemocracy kidnapping-and-dividing-migrants-in-mediterran/

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. Kidnapping migrants at the Mediterranean. How rescue becomes capture. The Globe Post.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees. The Conversation.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Open the city, open the harbours. Opendemocracy. beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/open-cities-open-harbours/

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Crossed boundaries? Migrants and police on the French-Italian border. Opendemocracy. [] french-italian-border/

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Migration: the make or break election topic across Europe. Opendemocracy. https://

Tazzioli, Martina. 2017. Calais after the jungle: migrant dispersal and the expulsion of humanitarianism. Opendemocracy. [] dispersal-and-expulsion-of-humanitarianis/