Politico-corporeal struggles: solidarities, sovereignty and political community

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Lecture room 5026-5027, Linna building (Address: Kalevantie 5)

Book launch event and seminar on migration


  • Hanna Helinko, Director of legal service and country information unit, Finnish Immigration Service
  • Minna Jokela, Researcher at Border and Cost Guard Academy, Finnish Border Guard
  • Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Academy researcher, University of Tampere
  • Anitta Kynsilehto, Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute
  • Susanna Mehtonen, Legal adviser, Amnesty International
  • Venla Roth, Senior Officer, National Rapporteur’s Office on Trafficking in Human Beings, Office
  • of the Ombudsman for Minorities

The seminar addresses human mobility and migration both as experiential phenomena and from the perspective of states. The seminar is related to the publication of Eeva Puumala’s book “Asylum seekers, sovereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle” (with Routledge, Dec. 2016).

In her book, Puumala focuses on the moving body, its engagements and relations through which she examines different ways of thinking about and sensing the  struggle between asylum seekers and sovereign practices.

The overarching themes of the seminar are the challenges that migratory movement and migrant agencies pose to the ways of governing, practicing and thinking about political community. The main topics of the seminar are human rights, ways of belonging and the responses that human mobility evokes in terms of governance,
resistance and solidarity.

Invited presenters are asked to reflect upon such questions as: how can the migration crisis that faced Europe in 2015 be understood in hindsight and what can we say about the ways in which Europe/Finland responded to the crisis? Are conventional methods of governing, regulating and administering increased forms of mobility in trouble and what are the alternatives? How does governance materialize in the lives of asylum seekers and refugees and what kind of ethical and legal challenges are related to governance? Of particular importance are also questions related to migrant integration and practices of solidarity and agency that emerge through the everyday.

Through the presentations, multiple perspectives are gained to the practices of engagement, resistance and governance. The audience will also have a possibility to participate in the conversation and present their views and questions to the presenters.


  • 12:15-12:30 Opening words
  • 12:30-14:00 Session 1: Perspectives into borders and governance, Minna Jokela, Hanna Helinko and Venla Roth
  • 14:00-14:30 Coffee break (sponsored by Dwellers in Agile Cities project)
  • 14:30-16:00 Session 2: Advocacy, solidarity, and belonging in focus , Anitta Kynsilehto, Susanna Mehtonen and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen
  • 16:00-18:00 Reception

Students in Tampere Peace Research Institute’s (TAPRI) Master’s Programme on Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research can get 2 ECTS credit by participating in the seminar, reading the book Asylum seekers, sovereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle and writing a 5 page reflexive academic essay.


Additional information

Eeva Puumala
postdoctoral researcher
+358 (0)50 318 6758