[ENG] The Ecrim Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña (Spain) sponsors the International Workshop Expanding the penal landscape: The immigration detention phenomena that will take place online on the 17th and 18th of May 2021. During the two-day event, attendees will have the chance to engage with the work of more than 20 researches in the field. This international interdisciplinary workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect, both conceptually and empirically, on the explosion of penal and punitive forms and consequences of border and migration control practices in the Global North and South. 

Keynote speakers:  

Alison Mountz: Professor of geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada).  

Title: The Death of Asylum and Asylum’s Afterlives 

Yolanda Vázquez: Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law (US). 

Title: Reinforcing Racial Order Through Crime and Migration Policies 

For more information and registration:


Contact person: Ana Ballesteros Pena a.ballesterospena@gmail.com 

This workshop is part of the project Governmigration: Governing irregular immigration through detention. Discourses and practices from an interdisciplinary approach. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 796197.


Monday May, 17

15.00 – 15.30 CET Land acknowledgment, welcome/introduction

15.30 – 16.45 CET Lecture 1

  • Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
    The Death of Asylum and Asylum’s Afterlives

16.45 – 17.00 CET Break

17.00 – 18.15 CET Session 1

  • José A. Brandariz, University of A Coruña (Spain)
    Expanding the analytical gaze on the penal power: Immigration detention and deportation practices
  • Diego Boza and Dévika Pérez, University of Cadiz (Spain)
    CATEs: New Migrant Detention Centres in Spain
  • Cristina Fernández Bessa, University of A Coruña (Spain)
    Transformations of immigration detention in Spain

18.15 – 18.45 CET Break

18.45 – 20.00 CET Session 2

  • Ana Ballesteros Pena, University of A Coruña (Spain) and Kelly Hannah-Moffat, University of Toronto (Canada)
    The use of risk technologies in the immigration detention system in Canada
  • Souheil Benslimane, Jail Accountability and Information Line (J.A.I.L) and David Moffette, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    When the State Promotes “Alternatives to Immigration Detention”: Institutional Co-optation, Condition-Based Carcerality, and Abolitionist Visions
  • Jona Zyfi, University of Toronto (Canada) and Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto (Canada)
    The Role of Privatization in Canada’s Immigration Detention Centres

20.00 – 20.45 CET Virtual Social Event

Tuesday May, 18

15.00 – 16.15 CET Lecture 2

  • Yolanda Vázquez, University of Cincinnati (US)
    Reinforcing Racial Order Through Crime and Migration Policies

16.15 – 16.30 CET Break

16.30 – 17.45 CET Session 3

  • Carrie Rosembaum, Golden State San Francisco (US)
    Anti-Democratic American Immigration Detention?
  • Carolina Sánchez Boe, Université Paris Descartes (France)
    Expanding penal landscapes into immigrant communities: the use and experiences of electronic monitoring as an « alternative to detention » in the USA
  • Martha Balaguera, University of Toronto (Canada)
    The integral frontier

17.45 – 18.15 CET Break

18.15 – 19.30 CET Session 4

  • Francesca Cancellaro, University of Tuscia (Italy)
    Immigration detention and the Italian “Closed Ports” policy
  • Özgün Topak, York University (Canada)
    Hotspot as a Biopolitical Borderzone: The Violence of Containment
  • Julia Manek, Goethe University (Germany)
    Mapping Migration Detention: Estaciones Migratorias, Espacios Torturantes

19.30 – 19.45 CET Break

19.45 – 21.00 CET Session 5

  • Raquel Matos, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal) and Francesca Esposito, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
    From the decision to migrate to the detention experience: an intergenerational approach
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, University of Portsmouth (UK)
    If this ain’t detention, what is it then? On criminalizing unaccompanied migrant minors through administrative detention, under the scope of the UNCRC. The case of Greece
  • Dale Ballucci and Sam Ghebrai, Western University (Canada)
    Governing through Childhood: Examining Legal Decision-Making in Unaccompanied Child Refugee Claims

21.00 – 21.15 CET Final remarks and future plans