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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, winter term 2020-2021:

Biopolitics. Foucault, Esposito, Agamben

6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Online): Wahlmodul: Politische Ordnung - Wirtschaft - Gesellschaft // Wahlmodul: Kulturelle Praktiken, Wissensordnungen, ästhetische Formationen // Zentralbereich Kultur // Zentralbereich Politik // WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa 
Monday, 4-6 pm, Room: online, First session: November 5, 2020

The seminar is open only to Master students. In order to register you need to send an e-mail with a short statement of motivation to before October 17.

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.

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)

 Essays, discussion moderations, term paper

Language: English


Europe and the Global Mobility Regime

(taught in German)

3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Hybrid): Wahlmodul: Zentralmodul: Europäische Kulturgeschichte im globalen Kontext // Wahlmodul: Politische Ordnung - Wirtschaft - Gesellschaft // Zentralmodul: Kultur und Gesellschaft // Wahlmodul: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus // Wahlmodul: Politik und Kultur // Zentralbereich Kultur // Zentralbereich Politik // WPM 3: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus // WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa 
Monday, 4-6 pm, Room: LH 101/102, First session: November 2, 2020

Registration at is required before October 20.

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.

Assessments: Essays, discussion moderations, term paper

Language: German

Past courses