Much of border criminology scholarship has documented and theorized on the border control apparatus and practices of Western European and North American countries, and Australia. Such work has illuminated our understanding of geopolitical dynamics and politics in migration and border control, and the global and social inequalities that such practices foregrounds and contribute to enhance. Yet, less attention has been devoted to understanding the impact of Northern migration and border control policies and practices on people, societies and states at the receiving end of them. Still less is known on how Southern states address migration and its controls.

We are therefore keen on exploring the limits of existing theories for understanding migration governance from a Southern perspective and what the potentials for rethinking border controls and their study might such alternative epistemological and methodological approaches engender. We invite contributions to examine: what a ‘southern perspective’ on this field would look like? In other words, what does it entail to study and theorise border control from the south?

Collectively, the papers will bring together the different geo-political, socio-cultural and economic ways in which borders in the Global South are imagined, constructed, negotiated and re-constructed. Papers may cover the following themes or aspects, although these are not exclusive:

  • Extra-territorial forms of border controls.
  • ‘Border transplants’.
  • ‘Border aid’: Border control, security and development.
  • Immigration policies and practices within the criminal justice system in the Global South.
  • Sovereignty, paramilitarism and border controls of countries in the Global South.
  • Post-deportation. 
  • The impact of the Covid pandemic on borders and their policing.
  • Resistance to and negotiations with colonial histories and processes of border-making in the Global South.
  • Mobility, immobility and resistance.
  • Southern epistemologies and methodologies.

The European Society of Criminology will organize an online event this year on September 8 - 11, 2021. The call for papers will open at the beginning of June. Therefore, we are inviting submissions to organise one or two panels within the ESC conference. Submissions should contain a brief abstract of no more than 200 words, title and a brief bio. The deadline for submission is 30th May 2021. Acceptance of papers by the panel organizers will not guarantee their inclusion in the ESC programme and will be subject to the ESC’s assessment. Please send your submissions to: and