Geschlechterforschung / Gender Studies




Seminar: English-speaking perspectives on biopolitics, the body through the prism of international migration (Dr. FitzGerald)

Freitag, 12.00 - 14.00 Uhr c.t., IfS, Konradstr. 6; R. 209

This seminar introduces students to key themes in interdisciplinary scholarship on biopolitics operative in the context of international systems of migration control. It will focus on how governments understand, and attempt to regulate migrant’s bodies and behaviours. Importantly it will link these processes to broader systems of neoliberal governmentality in contemporary society. We will interrogate this process through concepts such as but not limited to: gender, sex, ethnicity, socio-spatial justice, sovereignty, human rights, exploitation and vulnerability.

This is a research-driven seminar, stemming from Dr FitzGerald’s theoretical and empirical interest and experience in the field
Dr FitzGerald will teach this seminar in English only. Therefore it is advisable that students who wish to take this seminar possess good spoken and written skillls in English.
This is an advanced seminar. Therefore in order to make the best use of our time, Dr FitzGerald expects students to familiarise themselves with key texts before the seminar commences.
These books are: 

Foucault, M. (2003) ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-1976 (London: Penguin).

Foucault, M. (2003).(2009) Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France 1977—1978 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Students are encouraged to contact Dr FitzGerald prior to the beginning for the seminar. She is contactable at:


Aradua, C. (2011) ‘Securing life: Human Trafficking, Biopolitics and the Sovereign Pardon’ in Shelley Feldman and Charles Geisler (eds.), Accumulating Insecurity, Securing Accumulation: Militarizing Everyday Life. Athens: University of Georgia Press, pp. 166-194.

Bernstein, Elizabeth. 2010. ‚Militarized Humanitarianism Meets Carceral Feminism: The Politics of Sex, Rights, and Freedom in Contemporary Antitrafficking Campaigns.’ Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 36 (1): 45-71.

Dean, M. (1999) Governmentality: power and rule in modern society. London: Sage


Dean, M. (2013) The Signature of Power: sovereignty, governmentality and biopolitics. London: Sage.

Dikeç M, 2001 ‘Justice and the spatial imagination’ Environment and Planning A 33(10) 1785–1805

FitzGerald, S. (2010) ‘Biopolitics and the regulation of vulnerability: the case of the female trafficked migrant’ International Journal of Law in Context6: pp 277-294

Foucault, M. (2003) Society must be defended. London: Penguin.

Foucault, M. (2009) Security, territory, population. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Grewal, I. (2005) Transnational America: feminisms, diasporas, neoliberalisms. Durham; Duke University Press.

Inda, J. X. (2006) Targeting immigrants: government, technology and ethnic. Oxford: Blackwell.

Isin, Engin and Rygiel, Kim (2007). Of Other Global Cities: Frontiers, Zones, Camps. In: Drieskens, Barbara et al. (Eds.) Cities of the South: Citizenship and Exclusion in the 21st Century. London, UK: Saqi, pp. 170–209.

Kumar Rajaram, P, C Grundy-Warr. 2004. The Irregular Migrant as Homo Sacer: Migration and Detention in Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand International Migration 42: pp: 33–64.

McLaren, M. A. ‘Feminism, Foucault, and Globalized Subjectivity’ Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (2013): 210-243.

Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose (2006). ‘Biopower Today’. Biosocieties, 1, pp 195-217.

Rose, al. (Eds) (1996) Foucault and Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism and Rationalities of Government. London: UCL Press.

Soja, E. W. (2010) Seeking spatial justice by Edward W. Soja. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Weber, L. (2007) ‘Policing the Virtual Border: Punitive Preemption in Australian Offshore Migration’ Control Social Justice 34: pp. 77-93.

Young, I. M. (2006) ‘Responsibility and global justice: a social connection model’ Social Philosophy and Policy 23: 102-130.

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