Gender Talk Series with Sabine Hess
This GEXcel seminar will take place on Zoom. If you wish to attend please contact Jennie Särnmark at email@example.com. Please remember to register the latest by October 25th! The link will then be sent out the day before the seminar to the registered e-mail.
Gender and/as Border Work
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess, University of Göttingen
Against the backdrop of recent ethnographic research projects on border and asylum policies, this talk critically interrogates dominant approaches to gender in the field of border and migration studies focusing on the gendered nature of migratory experiences and practices.
Even though these studies are a vital contribution to migration and border studies, they nevertheless fall short of understanding gender as an central category structuring the policies themselves. This talk shows how gender-narratives time and again play strategically vital roles for the specific orientation/articulation of the EU border and European migration regimes.
Sabine Hess has been a full professor of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen since 2011. She specializes in migration and border studies with a specific interest in the external border region in South-Eastern Europe and gender related perspectives. She is a founding member of the European interdisciplinary “Network on critical migration and border studies” (kritnet) and directs the interdisciplinary “Laboratory on migration and border regime studies” at the University of Goettingen that provides space for regular discussions on theories and research in the respective fields for 18 PhD students and Postdocs.
Hess successfully conducted several third-party funded projects and graduate programs such as “Transit Migration”, funded in 2001-2005 by the national cultural foundation of Germany, “De- and Restabilisation of the European Border Regime”, funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation in 2016, “Migrational societies and Border regime constructions”, funded by the state of Lower Saxony in 2016, as well as “RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond“ funded in the range of HORIZON 2020 starting in 2017.
She is author and co-author of several volumes and is founding member of the editorial board of “movements. Journal on Critical Border and Migration Regime Studies”