In this talk Saskia Stachowitsch explores how risk analysis in European border security functions as a sense-making security practice that is deeply political.
For this purpose, it investigates the European Border and Coast Guard Agency's (Frontex) risk analysis reports for how they frame and narrate 'riskiness' of migrants and migration to European territorial integrity, security, economic system, values, and identity. It specifically asks how gendered and racialized understandings of risk, e.g. representations of masculinized 'economic migrants' or feminized refugees, work to make risk analysis and the security and management measures derived from it intelligible.
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.