My longstanding research aims at the creation of a distinctive ethics of hospitality, which functions as a way of thinking about the relationship between representation and humanisation, of being alert to precarious lives and of responding to the "missing" Other or the "unmissed" Other, i.e., an Other who may be present in the Western imaginary and political thought, but who, nevertheless, does not possess any clear status; who is either "illegal" in their presence, existing in a legal vacuum or in the margins of society, or figure of destitution / liminality. This may include undocumented migrants, the stateless, the homeless, etc. My current research activities are centred around crimmigration (i.e. the criminalisation of migration) and how it affects understandings of key migration figures (migrant, refugee, migrant smuggler, etc.), the language used in ethics of migration and international political theory and its colonial connotations.
My current research activities are centred around crimmigration (the criminalisation of migration) and how it affects understandings of key migration figures (migrant, refugee, migrant smuggler, etc.), the language used in ethics of migration and international political theory and its colonial connotations. I am currently finalising an article on migrant smuggling with the title "Whose crime? The ethics and politics of migrant smuggling criminalisation" and working on grant that would allow me to further expand my research on the economy of smuggling in the Mediterranean and the impact of the anti-smuggling legal framework at national and European level. Both are to be submitted in 2022.
(0) Fotou, M. (2020), Identity and Migration: from the "refugee crisis" to a crisis of European Identity. In Amanda Machin and Nadine Meidert (Eds.) Community in Crisis? Political Identification in Europe. Emerald.
Fotou, M. (2019). The Pessimism of the Shipwreck: Theorising Migration in International Relations. In Tim Stevens and Nicholas Michelsen (Eds.), Pessimism in International Relations. Provocations, Possibilities, Politics. Palgrave MacMillan.
I welcome PhD students with broad interests in:
International Political Theory
Migrant sea rescue
International Political Sociology
At the undergraduate level I convene and teach the research-led PL3143 International Migration in the Age of Securitisation third year module and the PL1021 Power in the World Economy, while I contribute to PL1022 Key Concepts in International Relations.
At the postgraduate level, I am director of the MA Human Rights and Global Ethics programme, convening and teaching the PL7089 Politics of Human Rights and the distance learning version of it PL7589 Politics of Human Rights.
Press and media
securitisation of migration; EU and migration; migrant smuggling