Próximos seminários do GI Identidades, Culturas e Vulnerabilidades (ICS-ULisboa) com o tema “Arguing borders in the Mediterranean: a seminar in two parts”

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Seminário GI Identidades, Culturas e Vulnerabilidades (ICS-ULisboa) com o tema “Arguing borders in the Mediterranean: a seminar in two parts”:

A primeira sessão será no dia 22 de Março, sexta-feira, entre as 11h e as 12h30m, e estará a cargo do escritor Mark G. Sanchez.

Nota biográfica: M. G. Sanchez was educated at Bayside Comprehensive School and at the University of Leeds, where he took BA, MA and PhD degrees in English Literature. He is the author of eight books – three novels, two short-story collections, two autobiographical memoirs and a book of essays – and has also edited two anthologies of Gibraltar-related documents. More information on his writing can be found on his website – – and on his Facebook page: He occasionally tweets under the handle @MGSanchez/.

Resumo: The border between Gibraltar and Spain is something of a conundrum. We sporadically hear about it in the news, but few commentators are truly conversant with the widespread problems afflicting the area. In this presentation I will focus on the history of this European border zone, trying to understand why it continues to be such a political and diplomatic ‘hot potato.’ The construction of the first frontier fence in 1910, the impact the Spanish civil war had on Gibraltar, the Francoist blockade of the 1960s and 1970s, the reopening of the land frontier gates in February 1985 – all these historical landmarks will be covered in my talk, but always with one eye on how these developments affected ordinary men and women on both sides of the border. Finally, in the concluding part of my presentation, I will concentrate on the problems that have been afflicting Gibraltar and its hinterland in the last two decades, demonstrating how external political pressures sometimes manifest themselves in the form of traffic queues, diplomatic spats and patrol boat standoffs. Photographs, video clips, and short selections from my own writings will be used in the talk.

A segunda sessão será no dia 2 de Abril, terça-feira, entre as 13h30m e as 14h50m, e estará a cargo de Jörg Nowak (Investigador na Universidade de Nottingham). 

Nota biográfica: Jörg Nowak has been a Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong and Kassel University (Germany). He works on labour unrest, infrastructure and logistics, and post-imperial industrial policy. Latest publications: Mass strikes and social movements in India and Brazil (2019) and Workers Movements and Strikes in the 21st century (edited together with Madhumita Dutta and Peter Birke, 2018).

Resumo: Largely unnoticed by the public, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), located in Cais do Sodre in Lisbon, assumes a central role for the surveillance of EU borders. This occurred in the framework of two surveillance programs working with satellites and drones. In 2016, the EMSA launched a bid for drone production, and the largest part of the bid was won by Portuguese aerospace company Tekever. These drones are hired by EMSA, and in September 2018 the first drone operation for border surveillance was operated jointly by Frontex, the EMSA and Portuguese authorities. In terms of satellite surveillance, the EU Copernicus programme, run by Frontex, the EMSA and the European Defence Agency, integrates border surveillance with other targets of surveillance. The Copernicus Maritime Surveillance service as a subproject of Copernicus is implemented by the EMSA in Lisbon and names border surveillance as one of its three axes. The talk will situate these surveillance programs in the context of national and European industrial policy, and into the post-imperial nature of European statehood.

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