Clashing Cartographies, Migrating Maps: The Politics of Mobility at the External Borders of E.U.rope
The generative power of Mapping speaks to the material effects produced by maps and their capacity to order particular social and spatial relations. By focusing on the role that maps and Mapping practices play within the politics of Migration - the contentious field of actions and relations which determines who can move and in what condition –, we show how cartography is in fact used both as a practice for the control and government of Mobility as well as a tool for advocating, facilitating and even embodying, border crossing. We make this point by engaging two stories related to the Mapping EU’s external borders in which we have been directly involved as researchers and activists: the first one concerning the Mapping of migrants’ routes, the second looking instead at the surveillance of maritime borders. In both cases, we point to an on-going “clash of cartographies” in the current flurry of charting borders and flows, showing how cartography works on the ground for both the world of Migration management and the struggles for free movement.