January 22, 2024

Contested Knowledge on Migrant Disappearances–Maurice Stierl–26 February 2024

This event is co-sponsored by PIR, CRITIQUE, and CMRN (the Citizens and Migration Research Network).

Geographies of migrant disappearance emerge not only due to the physical disappearing of people on the move but also through the production and circulation of particular (non-)knowledges on migration.

Based on interviews conducted with members of several international organisations and groups that seek to count, document and/or counteract deaths along migration routes, this presentation will highlight the contested nature of knowledge production on migrant disappearances.

It raises the question how such knowledge impacts our understanding – and our imagination – of certain (border) spaces and geographies (of migration).


Maurice Stierl leads the research group “The Production of Knowledge on Migration” at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, Osnabrück University.

Before, he was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sheffield. He has also taught at the University of Warwick and the University of California, Davis.

His research focuses on migration struggles in contemporary Europe and (northern) Africa and is broadly situated in the fields of International Political Sociology, Political Geography, and Migration, Citizenship and Border Studies.

His book ‘Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe’ was published by Routledge in 2019.

Register to attend in person (link)

Date: Monday, 26 February 2024,

Time: 16:00-17:30

Location: Violet Laidlaw Room, 6.02 Chrystal MacMillan Building