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In this talk, Saskia Stachowitsch explores how risk analysis in European border security functions as a sense-making security practice that is deeply political.

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Date 27 October 2020
Time 12:00 -13:00

In this talk, Saskia Stachowitsch explores how risk analysis in European border security functions as a sense-making security practice that is deeply political. With a focus on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), she investigates how gender and race matter in constituting the "riskiness" of migrants as well as the notion of "migration crisis". As a contribution to emerging debates on race and racism in security studies, she argues for an intersectional approach that reveals how understandings of crisis are linked to the reproduction of gendered and racialized stereotypes, identities and inequalities.

About the Speaker

Saskia Stachowitsch is the Scientific Director of the oiip as well as Professor in International Relations and Senior Research Fellow (FWF/Austrian Science Fund, Elise-Richter-Program) at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.  Her research interests are, critical security and military studies, feminist and postcolonial theories in international relations, privatization of security, private military and security companies (PMSCs) and EU border security focused on transnational actors like Frontex.

Discussant

Rocco Bellanova is  post-doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His research mainly focuses on European data-driven security practices and the role played by data protection in their governance. His work sits at the intersection of politics, law and science & technology studies.