Photographer: Bram Belloni

dr. D.V. (Darshan) Vigneswaran


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B8.21
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
  • D.V.Vigneswaran@uva.nl

Biography

Darshan Vigneswaran is the Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam. He edits the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and hosts the podcast Monday Morning Meetings on Migration. He is also a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society, WITS University. From 2010-12 he was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity where he co-coordinates an international working group on Public Space and Diversity.  In 2008, he was a British Academy Fellow at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford. 

 

His research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Political Geography. He aims to understand and explain deep changes in the structure of international politics and his work is primarily interested in how the state's claim to territory has been reconfigured in response to changing patterns of human mobility and settlement. Since completing his doctoral studies at Monash University, Australia in 2006, he has authored Territory, Migration and the Evolution of the International System (2013), co-edited  Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa (2015) and  Slavery, Migration and Contemporary Bondage in Africa (2013), and published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Political Geography, Environment & Planning D: Society & Space and Review of International Studies. Darshan has also provided expert consultation for INTERPOL, the EU and the South African Police Service and comment for Reuters, the BBC, and the New York Times. His profile and publications can be found at   academia.edu and google scholar.

2015

  • Vigneswaran, D. (2015). Channeling mobility across a segregated Johannesburg. In D. Vigneswaran, & J. Quirk (Eds.), Mobility makes states: migration and power in Africa (pp. 104-124). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [details]
  • Quirk, J., & Vigneswaran, D. (2015). Mobility makes states. In D. Vigneswaran, & J. Quirk (Eds.), Mobility makes states: migration and power in Africa (pp. 1-34). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [details]

2014

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2014). Methods and modern slavery: a South African case study. In A. Bunting, & J. Quirk (Eds.), Contemporary slavery and human rights. (Law and Society). Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2014). Protection and conviviality: community policing in Johannesburg. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(4), 471-486. DOI: 10.1177/1367549413510416 [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2014). The contours of disorder: crime maps and territorial policing in South Africa. Environment and Planning D - Society & Space, 32(1), 91-107. DOI: 10.1068/d18311 [details]

2013

  • Vigneswaran, D. (2013). Territory, migration and the evolution of the international system. (Palgrave studies in international relations). Houndmills [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2013). Making mobility a problem: how South African officials criminalize migration. In K. F. Aas, & M. Bosworth (Eds.), The borders of punishment: migration, citizenship, and social exclusion (pp. 111-127). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
  • Quirk, J., & Vigneswaran, D. (2013). Human bondage in Africa: historical legacies and recent innovations. In J. Quirk, & D. Vigneswaran (Eds.), Slavery, migration and contemporary bondage in Africa. (pp. 1-36). (The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora). Trenton, NJ [etc.]: Africa World Press. [details]

2012

  • Vigneswaran, D. (2012). Experimental data collection methods and migration governance. In M. Berriane, & H. de Haas (Eds.), African migrations research: innovative methods and methodologies. (pp. 115-146). Trenton [etc.]: Africa World Press. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2012). Rapport d'incident: méthodes expérimentales de collecte des données et gouvernance de la migration. In M. Berriane, & H. de Haas (Eds.), Les recherches sur les migrations africaines: méthodes et méthodologies innovantes (pp. 113-143). Paris [etc.]: L'Harmattan. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2012). Taking out the trash? A ‘garbage can’ model of immigration policing. In L. B. Landau (Ed.), Exorcising the demons within: xenophobia, violence and statecraft in contemporary South Africa (pp. 150-171). Johannesburg [etc.]: Wits University Press. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D., & Quirk, J. (2012). Quantitative methodological dilemmas in urban refugee research: a case study of Johannesburg. Journal of Refugee Studies, 26(1), 110-116. DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fes035 [details]
  • Segatti, A., Hoag, C., & Vigneswaran, D. (2012). Can organisations learn without political leadership? The case of public sector reform among South African Home Affairs officials. Politique Africaine, 128, 121-142. DOI: 10.3917/polaf.128.0121 [details]

2011

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2011). Incident reporting: a technique for studying police corruption. Policing & Society, 21(2), 190-213. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2010.540658 [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2011). Migration control, documentation, and state transformation. In A. Segatti, & L. B. Landau (Eds.), Contemporary migration to South Africa: a regional development issue (pp. 105-119). (Africa development forum). Washington, DC: World Bank. DOI: 10.1596/9780821387672_CH04 [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D., & Landau, L. B. (2011). The transformation of sovereign territoriality: a case study of South African immigration control. In S. Cornelissen, F. Cheru, & T. M. Shaw (Eds.), Africa and international relations in the 21st century. (pp. 121-144). (International political economy series). Basingstoke [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9780230355743.0016 [details]
  • Sutton, R., & Vigneswaran, D. (2011). A Kafkaesque state: deportation and detention in South Africa. Citizenship Studies, 15(5), 627-642. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2011.583794 [details]
  • Sutton, R., Vigneswaran, D., & Wels, H. (2011). Waiting in liminal space: migrants' queuing for home affairs in South Africa. Anthropology Southern Africa, 34(1&2), 30-37. [details]

2010

  • Vigneswaran, D., & Quirk, J. (2010). Past masters as modern inventions: intellectual history as critical theory. International Relations, 24(2), 107-131. DOI: 10.1177/0047117809366192 [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D., Araia, T., Hoag, C., & Tshabalala, X. (2010). Criminality or monopoly? Informal immigration enforcement in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 36(2), 465-481. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2010.485797 [details]

2009

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2009). Residential Sampling and Johannesburg’s Forced Migrants. Journal of Refugee Studies, 25(2), 1-21. DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fes001 [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2009). The Revolving Door: Asylum seekers, Access and Employment in South Africa. In S. Gallo-Mosala (Ed.), Migrants’ Experiences within the South African Labour Market. Cape Town: Scalabrini. [details]

2008

  • Vigneswaran, D. (2008). A foot in the door: access to asylum in South Africa. Refuge : Canada's Periodical on Refugees, 25(2), 41-52. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. (2008). Enduring territoriality: South African immigration control. Political Geography, 27(7), 783-801. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2008.10.003 [details]

2007

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). The Territorial Strategy of the Italian City-State. International Relations, 21(4), 427-444. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V., & Landau, L. (2007). Shifting the Focus of Migration Back Home: Perspectives from Africa. Development (Basingstoke), 50(4), 82-87. [details]

2005

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2005). The Construction of an Edifice: the Story of a First Great Debate. Review of International Studies, 31(1), 89-107. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210505006315 [details]

2015

  • Chauvin, S. (Author), Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Author), Vigneswaran, D. (Author), del Valle, H. (Author), & Bonjour, S. (Author). (2015). Aylan Kurdi: coming to terms with an image. Society & Space. [details]

2010

  • Vigneswaran, D., Yaso, M., & Hornberger, J. (2010). Policing the beat: music piracy in downtown Johannesburg. (International policing, mobility and crime in South Africa; No. 1). Johannesburg: African Centre for Migration & Society. [details]

2009

  • Vigneswaran, D. V., & Duponchel, M. (2009). One Burden too Many? A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Immigration Policing in Gauteng. Johannesburg: African Centre for Migration and Society, WITS University. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V., Kiwanuka, M., & Monson, T. (2009). Zimbabwean Migration to Southern Africa: New Trends and Responses. London: Oxfam: Great Britain. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D., & Hornberger, J. (2009). Beyond ‘good cop’/ ‘bad cop’: understanding informality and police corruption in South Africa: Introduction. In D. Vigneswaran, & J. Hornberger (Eds.), Beyond ‘good cop’/ ‘bad cop’: understanding informality and police corruption in South Africa (pp. 1-11). Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. [details]

2008

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). Barriers to Asylum: the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office. Johannesburg: African Centre for Migration and Society. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V., Araia, T., Breen, D., Cote, D., Landau, L., Palmary, I., ... Vearey, J. (2008). Protecting Refugees Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in South Africa. Johannesburg: Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa. [details]

2007

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). Fact or Fiction: Examining Zimbabwean Cross-border Migration into South Africa. Johannesburg: African Centre for Migration and Society. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V., Cote, D., Landau, L., Palmary, I., Polzer, T., & Ramjathan-Keogh, K. (2007). Protecting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Africa. Johannesburg: Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa. [details]

2004

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2004). International Relations’ First Debate: Context and Tradition. (Working Paper Series; No. 1). Canberra: Department of International Relations, Australian National University. [details]

2013

  • Vigneswaran, D. (2013). [Review of: T.R. Samara (2011) Cape Town after apartheid: crime and governance in the divided city]. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(3), 1109-1110. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12072_6 [details]

2007

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). Undocumented Migration: Risks and Myths (1998-2005). In A. Wa-Kabwe-Segatti, & L. Landau (Eds.), Migration in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Challenges and Questions to Policy-makers,. Agence Française de Développement. [details]

2006

  • Vigneswaran, D. V., & Singh, G. (2006). Migration Analysis for Regional Strategy Paper. Johannesburg: International Organization for Migration. [details]

2012

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2012). Policing Mobility in South Africa. Paper presented at The Borders of Punishment: Criminal Justice, Citizenship and Social Exclusion, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2012). South African Deportation Policies. Paper presented at IMISCOE 9th Annual Conference, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2012). The Mobile Ghetto: West African Nationals and Drug Trade. Paper presented at International Policing Round-Table Discussion, . [details]

2011

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2011). Methods and Modern Slavery: A South African Case Study’, Modern Slavery. Paper presented at Human Rights and Development, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2011). Monopolizing Territory: Segregation and Security in Johannesburg and Mumbai. Paper presented at Transcendence and Control in a Global Mega City, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2011). The Future of the Entertainment Industry? Piracy, Gang Warfare and Intellectual Property in Johannesburg. Paper presented at African Studies Association, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2011). Underworld Esperanto: Corruption as a Universal Medium. Paper presented at Comparing Conviviality: Dreams and Realities of Living with Difference, . [details]

2009

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2009). Birds of a Feather: Segregation and Immigration Control in South Africa. Paper presented at Slavery, Migration and Contemporary Bondage, 7th Annual Conference on Forced Labour, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2009). Do the Right Thing: Rights and Administrative Capacity in South Africa’s Refugee Reception System. Paper presented at Refugee Futures Conference, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2009). Separation Anxiety: The Historical Origins of Institutionalised Xenophobia. Paper presented at Exorcising the Demon Within: Violence and Statecraft in Contemporary South Africa, . [details]

2008

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). A Foot in the Door: Access to Status Determination in South Africa. Paper presented at Best Practices for Refugee Status Determination, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). Incident Reporting: Experimental Data Collection Methods and Migration Governance. Paper presented at African Migration Workshop, African Migration Research: Methods and Methodology, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). Sequestered Sovereignty: ‘Policing Immigration in South Africa. Paper presented at International Colloquium: The State of International Migration Studies in Southern Africa, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). The Indian Sub-Continent. Paper presented at Before the Arrival of the Anarchical Society: A Study of International Orders, 1492-1792, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2008). The Revolting Door: Asylum Seekers, Access and Employment in South Africa. Paper presented at The Impact of Migration on The Local Labour Market Workshop, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V., & Landau, L. (2008). Territorial Exclusion, Migrants and Statecraft in South Africa. Paper presented at International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, . [details]

2007

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). Captured Illegals: South African Representation of Undocumented Migrants. Paper presented at Workshop on Representation and Displacement: Refugees, IDPs and Stateless Persons in State and Nation, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). Gentlemanly Expansion: British Ideals in India, 1757-1857. Paper presented at International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). Lost in Space: Residential Sampling and Johannesburg’s Forced Migrants. Paper presented at African Migrations Workshop: Understanding Migration Dynamics in the Continent, . [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2007). The Spectacle of Inhospitality. Paper presented at Punishment and Incarceration, . [details]

2004

  • Vigneswaran, D. V. (2004). The Contours of Political Space: A Macro-historical Analysis of Transformation in the Boundaries of European Community. Paper presented at Oceanic International Studies Conference, . [details]

Others

  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (organiser) & Quirk, J. (organiser) (2010): The State and Mobility in Africa, Maputo (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (organiser) (2009): Slavery Migration and Contemporary Bondage in Africa, Hull (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

Keynote / Invited lecture

  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (9-10-2014): Who Belongs Where? A Synthetic Theory of Immigration and Urbanization Control., Invited lecture, Department of Human Geography Public Lecture Series, University of Stockholm, Stockholm.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2010): Civilian Policing and Territoriality in Johannesburg, Centre for the Study of Cultural Complexity, University of Oslo..
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2009): Institutionalised Xenophobia in South Africa: The Historical Origins of the May 2008 Attacks’,, Seminar Series, Institute for Social Studies.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (5-10-2009): A Suspended Sentence: Administrative Breakdown in South Africa’s Deportation System, Centre For Migration and Diversity, Free University of Amsterdam.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (8-10-2009): Beyond ‘Good Cop’/’Bad Cop’: Everyday Police Corruption in South Africa, African Studies Centre Seminar Series, Leiden.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2008): Global Apartheid: Catchy Label or Emergent Order?, Public Lecture Series, Institute for Social Studies.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2008): Global Apartheid: Catchy Label or Emergent Order?, Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation Public Lecture Series, Hull University.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2008): Remembering Empire: In Search of a Political Theory of Diaspora, Diaspora Teach In, Rhodes University.
  • Vigneswaran, D.V. (invited speaker) (1-1-2006): Gentlemanly Expansion: British Strategies for Territorial Control in India, 1787-1857, Forced Migration Studies Programme: Migration and Society Seminar Series, Johannesburg.

Book editor

  • Vigneswaran, D., & Quirk, J. (2015). Mobility makes states: migration and power in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [details]
  • Quirk, J., & Vigneswaran, D. (2013). Slavery, migration and contemporary bondage in Africa. (The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora). Trenton, NJ [etc.]: Africa World Press. [details]
  • Vigneswaran, D., & Hornberger, J. (2009). Beyond ‘good cop’/ ‘bad cop’: understanding informality and police corruption in South Africa. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. [details]
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