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Dr. Estela Schindel

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Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (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 winter 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.

This special issue invites contributions that address the new challenges posed by the increasing expansion of biometric identification techniques. Submissions open until September 30, 2021. Expected publication: 2nd Issue of 2022.

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, winter term 2020-2021:

Biopolitics. Foucault, Esposito, Agamben

Biopolitics, namely the intervention of power on the production and maintenance of life, has been object of great attention in the social sciences and the humanities through the last decades and provided the theoretical-analytical framing for much scholarly research. More recently, the spread of the pandemic brought the vocabulary and conceptual tools of the biopolitical more intensively into the fore. But what is that, biopolitics? This reading seminar will discuss main concepts and currents of this theoretical perspective. After engaging with the founding texts by Michel Foucault we will discuss the main contributions and divergences emerging from the work of two authors who have advanced further developments on this field: Roberto Esposito (who coined the concept of “immunitarian society”) and Giorgio Agamben (who contributed fruitful but controversial insights into the “state of exception” and “bare life”). The last sessions will explore the use and application of the biopolitical paradigm to empirical research across diverse case studies and disciplines, as well as the main critiques that have been formulated towards the biopolitical approach, particularly from the perspectives of gender and race.

Agamben, Giorgio. 1998. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Stanford: Stanford University Press (Orig.: Einaudi, 1995). Foucault, Michel. 2003 (1997). Society Must be Defended. Lectures at the College de France, 1975-1976, New York: Picador (Orig.: Ed. Du Seuil/Gallimard, 1997). Foucault, Michel. Right of Death and Power over Life, in The Will to Knowledge: History of Sexuality Volume I, several editions (Orig.: Gallimard 1976) Esposito, Roberto. 2008. Bìos: Biopolitics and Philosophy Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press (Orig:. Einaudi 2004). Esposito, Roberto. 2011. Immunitas. The Protection and Negation of Life. Cambridge: Polity Press (Orig.: Einaudi, 2002).


Europe and the Global Mobility Regime

The interest in various aspects of human mobility and the related emergence of the field of Mobility Studies in recent decades has been followed by a growing awareness that mobility cannot be thought of in isolation from immobility. Mobility and sedentariness are seen as processual, interwoven, and as part and result of global inequalities and asymmetric power relations. The concept of of the "mobility regime" attempts to overcome this dichotomy and to take into account the complexity and multidimensionality of human mobility. In the seminar we will examine these processes from a European perspective. This includes, among other things, the role of Europe in the emergence of modern mobility in the context of the industrial revolution and colonial history. From this perspective, we will analyze the influence of the modern metropolis and transport development on individual and social horizons of experience as well as the transformations of the relationship between speed, war, and politics in the twentieth century. In the final part of the seminar we will look at the current dynamics of border control and migration, and the associated differential global and European regimes of mobility.

Bibliography: Glick Schiller, Nina; Salazar, Noe. 2013. Regimes of mobility across the globe. Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 39(2), S. 183-200. Koslowski, Rey (Ed.). 2011. Global Mobility Regimes. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Shamir, Ronen. 2005. Without Borders? Notes on Globalization as a Mobility Regime. Sociological Theory, 23 (2), S. 197-217. Turner, Bryan. 2007. The Enclave Society: Towards a Sociology of Immobility. European Journal of Social Theory, 10(2), S. 287–303.

Past courses