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Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)

Michael Gordon, Ph.D. Candidate, McMaster University, November 14 - Boats, Borders and Containment at Sea: Stand-off Politics and EU Migration Governance in the Central Mediterranean

Nov 12, 2019

The Department of Political Science presents:

A Research in Progress Seminar Talk 2019

Who: Michael Gordon
Where: Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) 709
When: Thursday, November 14, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Boats, Borders and Containment at Sea: Stand-off Politics and EU Migration Governance in the Central Mediterranean

In recent years, the Mediterranean Sea has been transformed into a hyper-visible site of exclusion in the production of the European border spectacle characterized by graphic imagery of crowded boats en route to the European Union (EU). Often marked with tragedy, these narratives are routinely accompanied by vivid depictions of sea rescue operations often being carried out by civil society search and rescue (SAR) NGOs operating in the Mediterranean. Despite efforts to mitigate death and suffering at sea, these NGOs face increasing criminalization with threats of criminal indictments, fines and boat seizure.

Michael Gordon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and specializing in International Relations. His research broadly surrounds irregularized migration, humanitarianism and border control in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of civil society search and rescue NGOs operating in the Central Mediterranean Sea. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from McMaster University and a M.A. in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo. Michael is a former Mitacs Globalink Visiting PhD Research Student at the University of Warwick and a former Graduate Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).