Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy


28 May 2024

Participation is face-to-face only.

Border and migration studies have emerged as an interdisciplinary field between political science, anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, geography. As the world continues to witness unprecedented levels of migration, driven by factors such as conflict, economic disparities, climate change implications and the ideal freedom of movement, understanding these phenomena becomes increasingly crucial. This workshop aims to discuss trends and future of border and migration studies and underscore their relevance in contemporary global governance contexts.

Migration is not merely a movement from one place to another; it involves a myriad of social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions that intersect and interact in complex ways. Border and migration studies contribute to the investigation of bordering practices, policies, technologies, institutions and organizations roles involved in mobility governance. These scholarships interrogate the people on the move implications on the tensions between sovereignty exigencies and transnational mobility. In an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, the concept of borders is not static or monolithic; rather, it is fluid and constantly negotiated. Migrations challenge rigid border regimes and prompts to reconsider the ways in which territorial boundaries are conceptualized and governed. Lastly, while experiences and perspectives of people on the move are hardly problematized in the process of policy-making, border and migration studies counteract these narratives by centring the voices and experiences of migrants, thereby fostering reconfiguration of analytical tools.

This workshop aims to debate current and future trends in migration and borders studies facing the challenges of governance in hectic times.