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Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES)

Dr. Estela Schindel

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Estela Schindel

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 summer term take place after arrangement by email.

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 2020:

Border regime. Discourses, infrastructures, practices
(taught in German)

6/9 ECTS

Seminar: KGMOE: Räume - Grenzen - Metropolen // MASS: Kulturelle Praktiken, Wissensordnungen, ästhetische Formationen / Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus / Politik und Kultur

Monday, 4-6 pm, Room: LH 101/102, First session: 20 April 2020

For registration, please send an e-mail to until 14 April 2020.

In research, borders are increasingly being viewed not only as fixed territories, demarcating, physical areas, but as complex political, social and discursive constructions that should not be treated as objects but rather as socially produced. The concept of border regimes takes into account the fact that borders are accordingly not unilaterally determined, but are produced by a network of actors, discourses, legal orders and infrastructures and as the result of a constant process of negotiation. Questions of logistics, infrastructure and materiality gain in importance in this context: vehicles, networks, technological equipment and digital resources become central elements of the border assemblage. After an introduction to this theoretical-conceptual framework and its methodological consequences, the seminar examines the EU border regime using selected concrete empirical cases of sea, space and air borders. Both legal and political regulations as well as symbolic and material border demarcations will be considered. The seminar serves as a preparation for a field research on a European border zone, which will take place as an optional continuation in winter 2020/2021 within the framework of an individual research trip or a joint excursion.

Hess, Sabine/Kasparek, Bernd (Eds.) Grenzregime. Diskurse, Praktiken, Institutionen in Europa. Assoziation A. 2010.
Mezzadra, Sandro/Neilson, Brett. Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of labor. Duke University Press. 2013.
Sohn, Christophe. Navigating borders‘ multiplicity: the potential of assemblage. Area. 2016, 48 (2) 183-189.
Walters, William. Migration, vehicles, and politics: Three theses on viapolitics. European Journal of Social Theory. 2015. 18(4) 469–488.

Assessments: Short essays, discussion minutes, research proposal or seminar paper.

Language: German

Past courses