Public access from Jun 1, 2020
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Documenter les pays d’origine pour les procédures d’asile à l’Ofpra, 1988-2008 = Researching Country of Origin Information for the French Asylum Procedure, 1988-2008

Rosset, Damian

In: Monde(s), 2019, vol. 15, p. 117-140

Both a specific type of knowledge and a particular field of practices, Country of Origin Information (COI) is considered a fundamental tool in refugee status determination. This article examines the institutionalization of documentation on countries of origin in the French asylum administration between 1988 and 2008 and shows how this history reflects that of the institution, of the COI community...

Public access from Jul 31, 2021
Université de Neuchâtel

Negotiating research in the shadow of migration control: access, knowledge and cognitive authority

Rosset, Damian ; Achermann, Christin

In: Social Anthropology, 2019, vol. 27, no. 51, p. 49-67

This article recounts the failure to gain access to the Swiss asylum agency's ‘country of origin information’ (COI) unit and how it negatively impacted access to similar research sites in Europe. As producers of indispensable expert knowledge, these units play an important instrumental and symbolic role in asylum procedures and policies. Interpreted as a situated case of knowledge control,...

Université de Neuchâtel

Legitimacy, distantiation and the ecology of knowledge production in the Norwegian asylum procedure

Rosset, Damian

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

The strict separation between the production of country of origin information (COI) and the assessment of asylum applications is a fundamental norm in the professional practice of COI producers. By looking at the Norwegian COI unit, this article examines the way this separation is materialized through an infrastructure of distantiation built around COI production sites. This apparatus is...

Université de Neuchâtel

The Constraints of the Past and the Failure of Central Asian Regionalism, 1991–2004

Rosset, Damian ; Svarin, David

In: Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, 2014, vol. 3, no. 2, p. 245-266

This article examines the failure of regional integration in post-Soviet Central Asia. It proposes a narrative of the rise and fall of Central Asian regionalism between 1991 and 2004 centered on the perceptions and expectations of the region’s republics. The argument is that these states did not emerge from the USSR in an ideational vacuum, where their construction of self at the international...