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Dr. Estela Schindel

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Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences (Kuwi)
Akademische Mitarbeiterin , Academic coordinator of the Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES)

Logenstraße 11
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
🏠 LH 115
☏ +49 335 5534 2827
📠 +49 335 5534 2278

Office hours

Office hours during the summer term take place after arrangement by email.

Call for Articles

for the Special Issue Biometrics: towards new political and technological configurations of identity.

guest edited by Estela Schindel and Paula Sibilia (UFF, Brazil) for Papeles del CEIC. International Journal on Collective Identity Research.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2021. Expected publication: Second Issue of 2022.
Please send your abstract or letter of interest by July 31, 2021.

Research areas

Main research interests

  • EU Border Regime
  • Biopolitics
  • Social Dynamics of Exception and Exclusion
  • Dictatorship and Violence Research; Cultures of Remembrance
  • Spatial and Urban Studies with focus on Latin America

Current research project

European borders through sea, land and air. A cultural sociological inquiry into the construction of European self-perception, alterity and the displacement of violence.

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Curriculum vitae



Current term, summer term 2021:

Life and Death at the European Borders

Through the last decades the route to the Europe has become deadly for thousands of border crossers trying to reach the continent. Scholars have pointed out to diverse aspects of this border related lethality, including questions about the administrative treatmentof those deaths, the forensic challenges raised by the unnamed dead bodies, and the strategies for memorializing, working through and searching for accountability for those lives lost. However, the EU borders are not only a lethal zone, but also one where decisions over the everyday existence at the borders are being taken (for instance, at internment camps), and therefore assumptions about living conditions and the very definition of life are at stake. Drawing on contributions from legal and forensic studies and refugee and migration research, and combining the perspectives of critical humanitarianism studies with the biopolitical paradigm, the aim is to unpack the EU border regime's effects on the lives and deaths of people on the move. A series of guest lectures organized in cooperation with the Université Paris Nanterre will offer a diversity of empirical and theoretical approaches by international researchers. Students aimed at obtaining ECTS will have additional sessions of preparation and posterior analysis of the lectures and will need to complete reading assignments as well as forum activities through the semester.

The full program can be accessed at the IFES website or downloaded here, the poster is available here.


Capitalism and Subjectivity. A European Genealogy

Capitalism is not only an economic and political system but it implies also a certain production of subjectivities and the deployment of a set of social and cultural values. This seminar explores the emergence, transformation and present of this socio-cultural formation in Europe and the ways in which it has shaped modern subjectivities. In a trans-epochal genealogy we will first study the context of the industrial revolution, followed by the development of the mass society, the consequences of the highly bureaucratized societal organization and the expansion of consumerism. In the final part we will analyze the more recent transformations brought about by the neoliberal paradigm and the coming of the digital era.

Past courses