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Congratulations to Michael Gordon who successfully defended his doctoral thesis

Michael Gordon successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled: Solidarity and Resistance at the Borders of EUrope: Civil Fleet Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean Borderscape

Aug 31, 2022

Michael’s dissertation critically investigates contemporary dynamics of border control, humanitarian action, and radical solidarity in the context of migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Drawing on extensive field research with Search & Rescue groups like Sea-Watch, Michael’s dissertation seeks to answer three core questions: How is the Mediterranean Sea weaponized as a violent borderscape? How does the civil fleet disrupt state claims to sovereign authority over the Mediterranean borderscape? How has the EU responded to the contentious politics of solidarity enacted by the civil fleet? Michael’s study reveals rich insights into the solidarity efforts that seek to challenge and undermine the violent, exclusionary, necropolitical strategies that constitute the spatial politics of the Mediterranean borderscape.

Michael’s committee included Dr. Peter Nyers (Supervisor), Dr. Marshall Beier, and Dr. Alina Sajed. Thank you goes out to Dr. Lisa Schwartz for serving as Chair of the defense and to Dr. Benjamin Muller (King’s College, Western University) for serving as the External Examiner.