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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Borders, Regimes, Disposability

A Symposium on Migration and State Violence

This event, which takes place on 14-16 June 2017 at Durham University's Institute of Advance Study, brings together scholars from different disciplines and parts of the world to explore how we conceptually handle and critically engage with the currently unfolding ideological figurations of 'migration' and 'the migrant'.

What are the conditions through which expulsed, mobile 'others' are made, and what is their relation to the future – to quests of and claims for inclusion, which oftentimes transcend conventional understandings of citizenship and the nation? The borders that are being crossed are not simply territorial: they map out not only spaces of reified state sovereignty, but also imaginaries of desirable and undesirable bodies, bodies at risk and pre-risk bodies (bodies marked as already transgressive and hence disposable). How then is the figure of the migrant changing in the context of neoliberal globalization? Has the migrant, conceptualised as somone who moves from instability to stability, thus balancing out the world's socio-economic inequalities, been turned into a fugitive who flees from one state of crisis to another – an expression of the state of human disposability?

The aim of our three-day academic itinerary is to explore how the manifold movements of people and processes of bordering are impacting and directing our own intellectual and ethical approaches to these themes and questions. Our ambition is to generate new concepts and meanings as tools of scholarly engagement with the regimes of, and responses to, contemporary global social motion.

Co-organisers: Claudia Milian (Duke University) & Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián (Durham University).

Speakers include: Peter Baker, Marc Botha, Russell Contreras, Michaeline Crichlow, John Morán González, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Noam Leshem, Kerstin Oloff and Janet Stewart.

The event hosts the launch of Noam Leshem's Life After Ruin: The Struggles over Israel’s Depopulated Arab Spaces (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

See the full symposium progamme.


For further information contact: f.j.adrian@durham.ac.uk