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Annika Pohl Harrisson

Ph.D., Postdoc

Annika Pohl Harrisson

Postdoc 2021 - current
Fencing the Feral - Biosecurity and the Invasive Other in the Danish-German Borderlands


PhD 2015-2019
Everyday Justice and Security in the Myanmar Transition (EverJust)



Research areas



My core research interests are centered around state-society dynamics in borderlands. I am investigating issues such as state formation, governance, sovereignty, autonomy, citizenship, identity and perceptions of justice & security. My regional focus has mainly been in Thailand, Myanmar and most recently the Danish-German borderlands.

Current Research
Currently I am pursuing a postdoc in the project Fencing the Feral - Biosecurity and the Invasive Other in the Danish-German Borderlands.
  This research project (2021-2024) will investigate the radical transformations of the social and natural landscape in the Danish-German borderland, caused by the construction of a wildlife fence in order to prevent the migration of wild boars and the spread of Classical Swine Fever. It will analyze how national spaces and borders are coproduced through the spatial strategies of fencing, discourses of biosecurity and the invasive other. The project explores how technological interventions like wildlife fencing relate to larger political narratives of walls, borders and flows. It is the project’s hypotheses that biosecurity barriers through wildlife fencing in the Danish borderlands (and beyond) besides being a key driver for the reordering of the natural and social landscape and a general heightened securitization of the borderland, also provide important insight into the particular ways in which feral species like wild boars are portrayed and politized.



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