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Message posted on 04/02/2020

CfP Reminder: Workshop on 'Banishment and the intersections of social marginalization', at the IPPA / FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador July 1-3 2020

Dear all,

Apologies for cross-posting

The call for papers for our workshop ’Towards a sociology of banishment: Addressing intersections of social marginalization in public policy and practice’ has been extended and there is a last chance to apply.

The workshop is to be held at the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) International Workshops on Public Policy at La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Ecuador / Quito from 1st - 3rd July 2020.

'Towards a sociology of banishment' sets out to explore 'banishment', which denotes the social and spatial regulation of ‘undesired’ populations (Beckett & Herbert, 2010), and which is an old governing technique that has seen a resurge in recent years. Today, we can witness practices of banishment used as a means of governing social inequality (Wacquant 2009), through the exclusion or confinement of ‘deviant’ citizens and non-citizens (Jefferson, Turner, & Jensen, 2019) and in the creation of ‘hostile’ environments in urban areas or in refugee camps (Petty, 2019; Suárez-Krabbe & Lindberg, 2019), and in practices of expulsion, designed to regulate the mobility of undesired migrants (Khosravi, 2019).

Banishment targets citizens and non-citizens, yet commonalities are usually overlooked and treated as separate phenomena in policy and in research; the aim of this workshop is to bridge this ‘migrant-citizen divide’ (Anderson, 2013). The workshop invites empirical as well as theoretical contributions exploring policies, practices and experiences of banishment and their effects from an intersectional perspective (Crenshaw, 2012) that includes gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality – and legal status. Moreover, we are interested in the productive nature of banishment in constituting boundaries between the ‘citizen’ and ‘others’, and in the ways in which these boundaries are challenged by those targeted by exclusionary policies. The workshop thus aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary exchange between participants working on these on acute matters of social inequality and exclusion, on a local and global scale.

We invite scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including anthropology, sociology, geography, law, public administration and related fields, to submit conceptual as well as empirical contributions that explore different policies, practices and logics of banishment. The themes we are interested in exploring include, but not limited to, the following:

- Conceptual and theoretical engagements with banishment as a form of social and spatial regulation, including its underpinning logics of neoliberalism, security and social control;
- The role of banishment in perpetuating racialized, gendered and classed inequalities and reconfiguring the boundaries of citizenship;
- Historical studies tracing the emergence and shifting configurations of forms of banishment over time;
- Empirical studies of laws and policies as well as ethnographic explorations of how banishment is translated into practice (e.g. studies of street level bureaucrats involved in policing, imprisonment, deportation proceedings or working within social services);
- Engagements with the perspectives of target groups (e.g. people detained and imprisoned, deported or evicted) - Novel solidarities and practices of citizenship emerging among those banished (e.g. among deportees, among destitute and marginalized citizens and non-citizens)

In order to apply, please visit the following link:

More information can be found here:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us ( and

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution!

Best wishes,

Lisa Marie Borrelli
Annika Lindberg

Institute of Sociology
University of Bern

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