Our article won a prize: We are honoured to have received the John Urry Prize of the Journal ‘Mobilities’ for our article ”The migration map trap. On the invasion arrows in the cartography of migration” The jury report: ”this excellent article has clear, compelling writing and images; smart, original analysis of the problems of migration cartography, wonderful analysis of a variety of maps, and very nice counter-mapping and mobile mapping examples. It is also an important intervention in policy debates around migration through unpacking the power of visual representations. It exemplifies the kinds of migration and border studies that are of interest to the Mobilities journal, building on John Urry’s interests in mapping, visual representation, and historical analysis along with critical mobility studies relevant to current political issues.”
Hopefully, the prize helps in raising awareness of the power of maps and the not innocent fallacies of the invasion-like cartography of migration.

Latest articles and interviews

FOCUS, NSM MAGAZINE, interview, ”The EU is undermining its own rule of law with its border policy, July 2022

Bueno Lacy, R and H.J. van Houtum (2022), The proximity trap: how geography is misused in the differential treatment of Ukrainian refugees to hide for the underlying global apartheid in the EUropean border regime, ASILE, 27 June 2022

Houtum, H.J. van & Uden, A. van (2021). The birth of the paper prison: the global inequality trap of visa borders. Environment and Planning C. Politics and Space

Houtum H.J. (2021), Beyond Borderism: Overcoming discriminative B/ordering and Othering, TESG

ANS (2021), Aangekaart en van de kaart?, interview over de koloniale oorsprong van de Mercator kaart,, 20-2-2021

Han van Krieken, rector magnifcus Radboud Universiteit, Johan Oosterman, programmadirecteur Radboud Erfgoed et al. (2021), ”Radboud Universiteit roept raad op Valkhof Museum te steunen: ‘Kunst en wetenschap hebben elkaar nodig”, opiniestuk in Gelderlander, 27-2-2020,

Boedeltje, F. & Houtum, H.J. van (2021). The lie of the wall. Peace Review. .

Campenhout, G. van & Houtum, H.J. van (2021). ”I am German when I win, but an immigrant when lose”, Theorising on the deservedness of migrants in International Football; the case of Mesut Özil. Sport in Society.

Bueno Lacy, R.B.L. & H. van Houtum (2021). Death as Policy: The EU’s criminalisation of solidarity with undocumented migrants. In Expanding Boundaries Borders, Mobilities and the Future of Europe-Africa Relations. London: Routledge

Houtum, H van and A. van Uden (2020), The autoimmunity of the modern university: How its managerialism is self-harming what it claims to protect, Organization, section Speaking out

Houtum, H.J. van (2020). The rise and fall of borders. In Human territoriality. Zurich: Patrick Frey

Maite Vermeulen, H. van Houtum, en L. de Korte (2 September 2020),, The Correspondent

Maite Vermeulen, H. van Houtum, en L. de Korte (7 juni 2020), Zo maken kaarten in de media ons onbewust negatiever over migranten, De Correspondent,

Houtum H. van en A. van Uden, (2020), Het samen als bedreiging en kans in de corona-tijd, Geografie, Juni. In April al online:

Niemand kan meer ongemerkt illegaal of ziek zijn (2020), interview in De Groene Amsterdammer,, 22 April 2020

Houtum H. van and R. Bueno Lacy (2020), The Autoimmunity of the EU’s Deadly B/ordering Regime; Overcoming its Paradoxical Paper, Iron and Camp Borders, Geopolitics10.1080/14650045.2020.1728743

Houtum H. van and R. Bueno Lacy (2020), The migration map trap. On the invasion arrows in the cartography of migration, Mobilities,

Houtum H. van, (2019), The Janus-border of the Nomad and the Monad: An essay on the philosophy of B/ordering and Othering , in: Debating and Defining Borders: philosophical and theoretical perspectives, A. Cooper and S. Tinning (Eds)., Routledge, 181-194

Er bestaat een mondiale apartheid qua recht op mobiliteit, interview voor, 7 juni 2019

De muren die de wereld splijten, interview in Het Parool, 19 januari 2019

Why we avert our eyes from refugees, interview for Radboud Recharge, 13 december 2018

Voor muren moet Trump naar Europa kijken, interview in Financieel Dagblad, 26 June 2018

Vluchtelingen zijn geopolitieke handelswaar geworden, interview in Trouw, 20 June 2018

Hoe de EU de irreguliere migratieroutes en daarmee de smokkel zelf in de hand werkt, Interview voor Vice Versa, 27 May 2018

Dood door beleid? Interview met RedPers, 1 February 2018

Hoe de wetenschap wordt uitgehold. Zeven paradoxen van academische vrijheid in het huidige onderzoeksbeleid, interview voor Vakblad voor de Wetenschap (VAWO), mei 2017

Pitch over Vluchtelingen, voor Universiteit van Nederland, 6 maart 2017

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