Jacopo Anderlini (PhD) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Genoa. His main research interests are border studies, refugee studies, migration, critical theory on technologies, social and political philosophy. He is currently investigating the transformations of the government of mobility, its infrastructures and logistics, at the southern borders of Europe. He is part of the research group on the analysis of digital technologies CIRCE and of many self-organised collectives that support the right to move.
PhD in Social Sciences, 2019
University of Genoa
MSc in Sociology and Social Research, 2014
University of Trento
BSc in Sociology, 2009
University of Bologna
The present contribution considers the “hotspot approach”, a distinct technology of management and control of mobility within the wider European border regime. This apparatus shows the linkage between the discourses and rationalities on security and humanitarianism, depicting what has been called the “humanitarian border”. To tackle these elements, the activities of medical staff inside the hotspot of Pozzallo, Italy, and their experiences and interactions with other actors are examined through ethnographic fieldwork, in-depth interviews and documentary analysis. The medical expertise is central in shaping procedures and practices of this border technology, outlining a double dimension of care and control in the border administration. Thus, the hotspot fulfils the differential containment and filtering of human mobility within the logic of humanitarian reason.