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Huub van Baar

Governing the Borders of Europe: Mobility, Security, Precarity

Keywords: (de-)securitisation, citizenship, development, precarity, sustainability 

Since the Europeaniation and securitisation of migration and border policies, much attention has been paid to the export or 'offshoring' of the EU's external border regime and their impact on both the Global South and the position of non-EU migrants in Europe. Yet, much less attention has hitherto been paid to the internal, 'intra-EU' effects of the EU's border regimes on precarious groups and vulnerable citizens unable to adequately exercise their rights. In this book, van Baar focuses on how, at the global nexus of security, citizenship and development, the Europeanisation and securitisation of migration and borders have impacted on the position of Europe's Roma minorities.

Running Time: 2014-December 2017

Dynamics of Security: Forms of Securitisation in Historical Perspective - Between Minority Protection and Securitisation: Roma Minority Formation in Modern European History

Keywords: (de-)securitisation, the development-security nexus, citizenship, precarity, minority formation 

This project analyses Roma minority formation and transformation since the 1970s, and particularly since the fall of communism, from the angle of the shifting relationship between security, citizenship, and human and minority rights regimes. The project will trace to what extent interacting practices of activism, migration, and security and development experts have impacted on Roma minority formation in a globalising Europe. We particularly focus on the nexus of development, security, and citizenship to investigate the extent to which these interacting everyday practices have contributed to new forms, discourses, and mechanisms of securitisation and de-securitisation.

Partners: The sub-project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. dr. Regina Kreide and Dr. Ana Ivasiuc at the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Institutional partners: Justus Liebig University Giessen, Philipps University Marburg, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and Institute of the Leibniz Association, Germany 

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) 

Running Time: 2014-December 2017

The Europeanisation of Roma Representation: Minority Formation and Transnational Governmentality in Europe

Keywords: Roma minorities, transnational governmentality, neoliberalism, social movements, Europeanisation 

In this book, van Baar combines insights from political and social sciences with those from philosophy and cultural and postcolonial studies to shed new light on the relationship between the representational histories of Europe and its Roma minorities. This book offers the first critical investigation of how the Europeanisation of the representation of the Roma interacts with new practices of governance in a globalising Europe. Van Baar mobilises a Foucauldian analytics of governmentality to examine shifting forms of Roma minority representation and self-representation. By so doing, he offers new perspectives on the formation of minority policy and politics and on transnational activist and advocacy networks in contemporary Europe. 

Running Time: 2013-Summer 2015


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