Dr. S. Scheel (Stephan)

Postdoctoral Researcher (Processing Citizenship Project)
Ravelijn room RA 4301

Stephan Scheel
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: s.s.scheel (at) utwente.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)53 489 7542


Stephan Scheel is a post-doctoral researcher on the ‘Processing Citizenship’ project led by Dr. Annalisa Pelizza. Before coming to the UT, Stephan has been a researcher on the project ‘ARITHMUS – How Data Make a People’ at Goldsmiths, University of London. Stephan holds a PhD from the Department for Politics and International Studies at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). His thesis has been awarded the Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize of the British International Studies Association (BISA) in 2015. It investigates how migrants appropriate mobility within biometric border regimes and will soon be published by Routledge


Stephan’s research interests lie at the intersection of border and migration studies, citizenship studies, critical security studies as well as science and technology studies. Stephan has a special expertise on biometric border controls.


Stephan can teach courses in his areas of expertise, namely border and migration studies, citizenship studies, critical security studies and science and technology studies.


2008 –                   Network for Critical Border and Migration Studies (kritnet.org)
2010 –                   International Studies Association (ISA)
2010 –                   Platform for Int. Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
2012 –                   MobLab – European Network
for Critical Border and Migration Studies
2012 –                   Research Network ‘The European Question’
2013 –                   British International Studies Association (BISA)
2017 –                   European International Studies Association


Scheel, Stephan (2018): Autonomy of Migration? Appropriating Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes. Soon to be published in the book series Interventions, edited by Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams. Basingstoke and New York: Routledge.

Articles in Refereed Journals
Scheel, Stephan (forthcoming, 2017): Real? Fake? Fakingly Real? Or Real Fake? Appropriating Mobility via Schengen Visa in the Context of Biometric Border Controls. Accepted for publication, to be published as part of a special issue on ‘Contested Control at the Margins of the State’ in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Scheel, Stephan (2017): Appropriating Mobility and Bordering Europe through Romantic Love: Unearthing the Intricate Intertwinement of Border Regimes and Migratory Practices. Migration Studies (Online First).

Scheel, Stephan (2015): Das Konzept der Autonomie der Migration überdenken? – Yes Please! [Rethinking the Concept of Autonomy of Migration? – Yes Please!]. Movements (1) 2. Published online, open access: http://movements-journal.org/issues/02.kaempfe/14.scheel--autonomie-der-migration.html (30.11.2015).

Casas-Cortes, Maribel; Cobarrubias, Sebastian; De Genova, Nicholas; Garelli, Glenda; Grappi, Giorgio; Heller, Charles; Hess, Sabine; Kasparek, Bernd; Mezzadra, Sandro; Neilson, Brett; Peano, Irene; Pezzani, Lorenzo; Pickles, John; Rahola, Federico; Riedner, Lisa; Scheel, Stephan; Tazzioli, Martina (2015): New Keywords: Migration and Borders. Cultural Studies 29 (1): 55-87.[1]

Scheel, Stephan; Ratfisch, Philipp (2014): Refugee Protection Meets ‘Migration Management’: the UNHCR as a Global Police of Populations. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40 (6): 924-941 [Reprinted in reprinted in: Global Policing and Transnational Law Enforcement, edited by Ben Bowling and James Sheptycki. New York: SAGE library of criminology].

Scheel, Stephan (2013): Studying Embodied Encounters: Autonomy of Migration beyond its Romanticisation. Postcolonial Studies 16 (3): 279-288.

Scheel, Stephan (2013): Autonomy of Migration despite its Securitisation? Facing the Terms and Conditions of Biometric Rebordering. Millennium – Journal of International Studies 41 (3): 575-600.

Chapters in Books
Scheel, Stephan (2017): Das Europäische Grenzregime und die Autonomie der Migration: Migrantische Kämpfe und die Versuche ihrer Kontrolle [The European Border Regime and the Autonomy of Migration: Migrant Struggles and Attempts of Control], in: Bettina Gruber and Viktorija Ratković (eds.): Migration, Flucht und Frieden: Perspektiven auf das Zusammenleben in der Postmigrantischen Gesellschaft [Migration, Flight and Peace: Perspectives on Co-vivality in the Post-Migration Society]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Scheel, Stephan (2017): “The Secret is to Look Good on Paper”: Appropriating Mobility within and against a Machine of Illegalization, in: De Genova, Nicholas (eds.): The Borders of “Europe”:  Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Scheel, Stephan; Squire, Vicki (2014): Forced Migrants as ‘Illegal’ Migrants, in: Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., Loescher, G., Long, K. and Sigona, N. (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ratfisch, Philipp; Scheel, Stephan (2010): Versicherheitlichung durch Flüchtlingsschutz? Die Rolle des UNHCR im Kontext der Externalisierung des europäischen Migrationsregimes [Securitisation through Refugee Protection? UNHCR’s Role in the Externalisation of the European Migration Regime], in: Hess, S. and Kasparek, B. (eds.): Grenzregime. Diskurse, Praktiken, Institutionen in Europa [Border Regimes. Discourses, Practices, Institutions in Europe]. Berlin: Assoziation A.

Working paper, reviews and other publications
Scheel, Stephan (2017): Re-signifying the Self, and the Walking Dead of Traditional IR. Contribution to an Online Symposium on Noelle K. Bridgen’s article ‘Improvised Transnationalism: Clandestine Migration at the Border of Anthropology and International Relations’ in International Studies Quarterly. 

Scheel, Stephan; Baki Cakici, Francisca Gromme, Evelyn Ruppert, Ville Takala and Funda Ustek-Spilda (2016): Transcending Methodological Nationalism through a Transversal Method? On the Stakes and Challenges of Collaboration. Working Paper No. 1 of the ARITHMUS project (available online: http://arithmus.eu/?page_id=13).

Scheel, Stephan (2014): Those who vote ‘euro-sceptic’ and the citizens of the Europe to come, contribution to the ‘Europe from the ground up’ debate on openDemocracy, available online: http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/stephan-scheel/those-who-vote-%E2%80%98eurosceptic%E2%80%99-and-citizens-of-europe-to-come (05.05.2014).

Scheel, Stephan (2014): Review: ‘Europa zwischen Grenzkontrolle und Flüchtlingsschutz. Eine Ethnographie der Seegrenze auf dem Mittelmeer‘ von Silja Klepp (2011) [Europe between Border Control and Refugee Protection. An Ethnography of Maritime Border in the Mediterranean’ by Silja Klepp (2011)], in: Soziologische Revue 37 (3): 331-33.

Scheel, Stephan (2010): Review: 'Escaperoutes. Control and Subversion in the Twenty-first Century' by Dimtris Papadopoulos, Niamh Stephenson and Vassilis Tsianos, in: Darkmatter 1/2010. Available Online: http://www.darkmatter101.org/site/ 2010/04/21/escape-routes-control-and-subversion-in-the-21st-century/ (18.09.2013).

[1] Note: Stephan Scheel has acted as lead author for the keywords ‘Politics of Protection’ and ‘Subjectivity’ and contributed as a co-author to the keywords ‘Migration/ Migration Studies’ and ‘Differential Inclusion/ Exclusion’.