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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Borders, Regimes, Disposability: A Symposium On Migration And State Violence

Institute of Advanced Study

Durham University | The University of Texas at Austin | Duke University

Borders, Regimes, Disposability brings together scholars from across disciplinary affiliations and different parts of the world. Our three-day academic itinerary will provocatively engage in, inquire, and rethink the manifold and unstoppable movements, expulsions of bodies, figurations of borders, and processes of bordering that are impacting and directing our critical junctures around these themes. The intellectual exchange – deliberative, complementary, and perhaps even conflicting – is intended as a means for participants to work through their scholarly questions, commitments, and contributions. How are we conceptually handling and theorizing the unfolding but also intersectional scholarly archive of the migrant and migration? What are the conditions through which expulsed others are made, and what is their relation to the future, to the quest of and claims for inclusion, which may/oftentimes transcend conventional understandings of citizenship and the nation? What new concepts of meaning are we generating as a tool of engagement, as an animating but lasting epistemology that helps us register the regimes of global social motion including their agentive responses?

Borders, Regimes, Disposability took place at Durham University in 2017 and at the University of Coimbra in 2018. Returning to Durham in 2019, we aim to extend our hemispheric conversations across material, historical, linguistic, and geopolitical domains. We have invited scholars working on contemporary and early modern, Latinx and Central American, US and trans-American, Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean spaces, archives and concepts to present their current research in open, politically attentive and critically provocative registers.