Dr J. Schapendonk (Joris)

Associate professor - Geography

Dr J. Schapendonk (Joris)
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Heyendaalseweg 141

Postal address

Postbus 9108

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

My work can be best positioned at the crossroad of migration studies, mobilities studies and border studies. I mainly focus on the production and politics of mobility in the context of migration trajectories. I am particularly interested in the question of how migration trajectories are governed, facilitated and shaped. This is mainly reflected in my book 'Finding ways Through Eurospace' (2020).

In collaboration with many others, I work towards a reflexive mobility approach that seek to understand how 'migrancy' is produced, i.e. how categories of migration come to existence and how they are embodied and contested. This results in projects on sheltering and performativity (with Cesar Merlin Escorza, Martin van der Veld and Tine Davids), hospitality networks in Paris (with Lola Aubry and Dorte Andersson), normativities around 'the good migrant' (together with Dawit Tesfay Haile, Toon van Meijl and Huib Ernste), externalization of migration management in the Gambia (with Ine Lietaert and Rossella Marino), research relations in the field of migration and asylum (with Kolar Aparna) and alternative infrastructuring practices of migrants (with Mirjam Wajsberg).

Next to this work on , I am involved in the “Moving MarketPlaces”(MMP) project financed by HERA. This project aims to gain in-depth insights into the place-making capacities and mobility practices of merchants across four European countries (United Kingdom/the Netherlands/Switzerland/Spain), in order to create a better understanding of the (dis)continuous mechanisms behind the production of marketplaces as inclusive public spaces. While previous studies concentrate on how specific urban marketplaces are experienced and consumed, MMP adds a crucial layer to the understanding of marketplaces by focusing on the actors that make marketplaces work: the merchants. Through their mobility between periodic markets, they can be seen as social-cultural brokers that help to transform marketplaces into inclusive public spaces

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