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Video Project



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Post by Vanessa Barker, Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University and Associate Director of Border Criminologies.

Border Criminologies has launched a new video project. The video project is part of our broader efforts to reach a wider audience, contribute to public debate on immigration and crime control, challenge the criminalization of migration, and end the violence of border controls. We began filming during the 5 year anniversary event ‘Beyond Critique’ to take advantage of the critical mass of border criminology participants, including researchers, practitioners, and community organizers. Throughout the day, we filmed conversations with panellists and participants about their thoughts on the main themes of the conference and ideas about the future. We had asked them to imagine a different future and what it would take to get there. Relying on low-key smart phone technology, we tried to capture the main arguments of the panellists but also their informal exchanges and unexpected interventions.

At the conference, Liz Kullmann (and Vanessa Barker) filmed seven conversations with several additional videos off-site. These conversations include:

  • Alpa Parmar, University of Oxford, and Katja Franko, University of Oslo, on the racial dynamics of border policing;
  • Ana Aliverti, Warwick University, Juliet Stumpf, Lewis & Clark, and Stephen Manning, legal advocate, on the practices and impact of Massive Collaborative Representation to fight for the rights and security of migrants and refugees;
  • Andriani Fili, University of Oxford, and Virginia Xythali, a psychologist and NGO Practitioner in Greece, on the role of community organizers in developing more inclusive responses to people on the move;
  • Monish Bhatia, Birkbeck, University of London and Mike Flynn, Global Detention Project, on the right to liberty and ways to challenge immigration detention;
  • Vanessa Barker, Stockholm University, and Rim Alexandra Halfya, Refugees Welcome Stockholm, on the role of social movements to respond to refugees and migrants when the state fails;
  • Liz Kullmann, University of Oxford, Victoria Canning, Open University, and Martin Joormann, Lund University, on the role of abolition campaigns to reduce and eradicate penal harm at the border.
  • Liz Kullmann, University of Oxford, and Andriani Fili, University of Oxford, on the development, role and potential impact of the Border Criminologies blog series.

These videos are in the editing process now and will be posted on the Border Criminologies platforms. They will be publically available on the Border Criminologies website and through protected access and subscription on the Border Criminologies You Tube channel.

As we understand the power of collective movements and importance of collaboration for innovation, we welcome members to contribute to this video endeavour. We are developing two streams of video projects: one based on Border Criminologies research findings that can contribute to public understandings and debate; and the second based on ideas for reform and a future without border violence. If you would like to contribute, please follow the guidelines and suggestions below. With editorial approval and submitted consent forms, the video blogs will be posted on the Border Criminologies platforms.

Videos Blogs on Research Findings

For the video blogs on your research, please introduce yourself, name and affiliation; include your main findings and arguments. What is the most important idea or finding to get across? What do you want other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, or a public audience to know about your work? How does it matter? Why does it matter? How can you convey the topic in the most clear and accessible language? These research clips can be about 2 minutes.

Video Conversations on Transformation

For ideas for transformation, we would like these filmed as a conversation between two people. These can include yourself talking with another researcher, practitioner, student, activist, etc. Please introduce participants, names and affiliations. Some questions to think about—what do you think is main problem with current border control practices? How would you change current border control practices? What kind of future do you imagine? How could we get there? What would it take? Do we need a new vocabulary to convey the complexities of the task at hand? What are some of the central concepts you think are vital to bringing about change at the border? How can we end border violence? These conversations can take up to 8-10 minutes.

Contact information

If you have any substantive and technical questions about the video project and would like to participate, please email Vanessa Barker or Liz Kullmann.

Any comments about this post? Get in touch with us! Send us an email, or post a comment here or on Facebook. You can also tweet us.


How to cite this blog post (Harvard style) 

Barker, V. (2018) Video Project. Available at: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2018/07/video-project (Accessed [date]).

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