Critical Border Studies Research School 2022: Displacement and Expulsion

A radical historicization shows that there is a link between borders in the Global North and the unsettling of communities in the Global South. It also shows that the current border regime is part of a larger and older project of colonial accumulation by displacement and expulsion; stealing wealth, labour force and time. 

This Research School will focus on the historical and ongoing practices of displacement and expulsion, which not only take place across state borders but also include local practices targeting indigenous people, racialized citizens and the poor. In doing so, we engage with the following questions.

  • What continuities can we identify between past and present forms of expulsion and political and social abandonment?
  • What does the incorporation of the past and present colonial order have to offer to our analysis of different intersecting bordering practices? 
  • What mechanisms are behind the spatial and temporal stretching of expulsion that expels people from the sphere of rights?
  • How do bordering practices shape specific ways of knowing about displacement and expulsion?
  • How can we study borders and bordering practices without becoming complicit with the world that has produced them? 
  • What alternative ways are there to imagine the world beyond the territorial trap of the nation state? 

The five-day program of the RS will offer collective interventions into the debate on these and more related questions.  

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Design Anthropology of Borders – Masters and PhD Course

While borders of different kinds seem to be everywhere, yet some borders are more visible than others due to their design; some perform heavier than others due to their distinctive material qualities; some are more lethal than others because of the way they perform; some borders operate not only to repress but to produce different sorts of subject, wealth and capital and they do so due to their specific design and materiality. Continue reading Design Anthropology of Borders – Masters and PhD Course