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About Martina Tazzioli

Martina Tazzioli is a Lecturer in Political Geography at Swansea University. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2015), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015) and Foucault and the Making of Subjects (2016). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultiani and part of the editorial board of Radical Philosophy Journal.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Open the cities, open the harbours

Opposing the Italian state’s shipwrecks and the kidnapping of migrants in the Mediterranean.

Crossed boundaries? Migrants and police on the French-Italian border

An eyewitness account and analysis of what it means for French customs officials to force a Nigerian man to urinate in Italy. 

Migration: the make or break election topic across Europe

When an Italian citizen shouted ‘viva l Italia’ and emptied his pistol into a car of black migrants, nobody called it what it was: racism. 

Calais after the jungle: migrant dispersal and the expulsion of humanitarianism

French authorities are working hard to keep migrants either stationary and submissive or perpetually on the move in order to prevent them from coalescing into communities or forming alliances.

Warfare on the logistics of migrant movements: EU and NATO military operations in the Mediterranean

Operations in the Mediterranean are billed as either humanitarian or necessary to prevent human trafficking, however the expansion of the military presence there means nothing less than warfare on migrants.

Concentric cages: the hotspots of Lesvos after the EU-Turkey agreement

Hotspots used to be mainly areas for registration, but now they are used to sort and detain people in preparation for their deportation.

The EU hotspot approach at Lampedusa

The hotspot works as a preemptive frontier, with the double goal of blocking migrants at Europe’s southern borders, and simultaneously impeding the highest number possible of refugees from claiming asylum.

Mediterranean migration crisis: transit points, enduring struggles

The fracturing demands a rethink of the terms usually employed for describing migration movements, such as ‘route’ and ‘border crossing.’ Introduction to a rethink.

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