Europe’s last frontier

The Post-Cold War period has brought forth new conditions for the dominant European spatialities. First, that period signified a new condition for real estate and land ownership, second a radical transformation and increase of the built environment and third the securitization of a privileged European territory. As the European economy slows and the construction and real estate sectors are further deregulated, together with the promises that the post-Cold War period brought, what we observe coming to the surface in the context of the current refugee crisis is the manifestation of Europe’s most ugly and discriminatory spatiality—the prevention of human mobility and the preservation at all costs of its border security.

Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam since 2015, where he holds the Chair of Social Anthropology and co-directs the lab on Infrastructures, Sustainability and Commons.
Since 2004 he is developing an anthropology of infrastructures with the project ‘An anthropology of the road’ and currently with the project infra-demos. Since 2008 he is working on an anthropology of crisis, grassroots movements and the city with the project crisis-scapes. His books include: The Road (2017), Critical Times in Greece (2018), Crisis-scapes (2014), Roads and Anthropology, (2014, 2012) and Revolt and Crisis in Greece (2011).