Dr. Marcia Vera Espinoza & Dr. Joe Turner (University of Sheffield) - The Affective and Intimate Life of the Family Migration Visa: Knowing, Feeling and Encountering the Heteronormative State*

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Location: Department of Geography, Ron Johnston Research Room (C Floor)

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Start Time: 4.15 pm

Refreshments will be provided from 4pm in the Geography Café (C Floor). All welcome!

Abstract:

This paper explores the intimate entanglements of heteronormative power, citizenship and affect in the UK family migration visa. It pays particular attention to the material intricacies of the application process itself and the place of narration and emotional investment central to this form of government. The power of the family visa is how it is attuned to the explicit quantification and categorisation of intimate relationships on which claim to territorial rights rest. Drawing on both the analytical and methodological promise of work on ‘intimacy’ we take the family visa as a particular site for exploring our own intimate entanglement and complicity in this practice of ‘geopolitical making’- that is as both subjects and researchers of the visa. We are interested in how the visa both relies upon and produces certain forms of intimacy, particularly through processes of ‘archiving’ and the intricacies, solidarities and fragments that this is entangled with. We thus explore how we are both authors and subjects of the reproduction of heteronormative order central to visa and the drawing of borders around sanctified and unsanctified intimacy.

*Turner, J., & Vera Espinoza, M., (forthcoming 2018). The Affective and Intimate Life of the Family Migration Visa: Knowing, Feeling and Encountering the Heteronormative State. Geopolitics [Special Issue ‘Intimate Geopolitics’]

Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Prospects for International Migration Governance in the Politics Department at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Joe Turner is a Research Fellow in International Migration in the Politics Department at the University of Sheffield.