2014 was a busy year at Border Criminologies both on the website and for its international network of academic researchers and students. In March, we held a two-day seminar in Oxford on foreign national prisoners and everyday life in immigration detention. While papers from the former will be appearing later this year in a special issue of Criminology & Criminal Justice, lectures from both events are already available on the Border Criminologies iTunes account. We also hosted a number of speakers including Jennifer Chacon, Catherine Dauvergne, Michelle Foster, and Tings Chak, who discussed their research on the convergence of criminal and migration law in the US, the eroding protections of refugees, and the architectural design of immigration detention centres. Their talks are also all available on Border Criminologies iTunes account
In the UK, Mary Bosworth published the first national study of life in British Immigration Removal Centre’s, Inside Immigration Detention, while Ana Aliverti’s book on the criminalisation of migration, Crimes of Mobility, was declared joint winner of the British Society of Criminology book prize. Ruben Andersson’s ethnographic account of irregular migration into Europe Illegality, Inc was named the best study of migration by the migrants’ rights network, while in the US, Gabriella Sanchez offered a moving account of Human Smuggling and Border Crossing at the US-Mexico Border. Ines Hasselberg co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Deportation, Anxiety, Justice: New Ethnographic Perspectives.
As part of the Leverhulme International Network on External Border Control, Border Criminologies established the first open access journal on the intersections between criminal justice and migration control. The SSRN Criminal Justice, Borders & Citizenship Research Paper Series currently includes over eighty papers, freely available to download.
In 2014 we published over 110 blog entries on a variety of topics related to border control: immigration detention, irregular migration, foreign national prisoners, deaths at the border. Our website statistics indicate that the blog was viewed approximately 60,000 times in 2014. Blog content is now syndicated by Newstex, a web based business which feeds content to online users.
For 2015, we will continue to work on the Border Criminologies website adding new content, modes and means of interacting. Most immediately, in January 2015, we will launch a research forum, to encourage discussion and debate about applied research. Participants will need to sign up to access the forum. If you are interested, please email Andriani Fili. We will also start running themed weeks, inviting blog entries on specific topics, to generate debate on particular issues. If you have an idea for particular issues, again, please email Andriani Fili.
Finally, once again this year we will be hosting a variety of speakers, starting with Alison Mountz in January discussing her international research on immigration detention. In June, we will also hold the first two Leverhulme international network seminars, discussing external European border control in Oslo, and immigration detention in Oxford. Plans are currently underway for a two-day symposium on race, criminal justice and border control, provisionally scheduled for the autumn. The papers will appear in an edited volume and the lectures will be uploaded to our iTunes account.
Border Criminologies continues to experiment with new methods and modes of communication, reaching out to colleagues around the world. Alongside these web-based interactions, network members remain active in research and publications in more traditional academic arenas as well. As we move forward, we welcome comments, suggestions, and participation in these endeavours.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Border Criminologies in 2014 and those of you who follow the blog and Border Criminologies through social media. We wish you a happy new year!
Mary, Ines, Andriani and Sarah