Cornell University

"Border Walls and the Politics of Becoming Non-Human" by Miriam Ticktin, CMSP Seminar

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Morrill Hall, 404 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

In this talk I am concerned by the ways in which border walls and zones come not simply to defend (for example, certain territories), but also to define  -- that is, to shape or alter categories of natural and human kinds. I will suggest that border walls -- such as those at the border of (predominantly Christian) Spain and (predominantly Muslim) Morocco, as well as between France and the United Kingdom -- and all the surrounding and auxiliary technologies they harness, work by shifting how we understand different kinds of beings, ultimately rendering certain kinds killable.


This talk is co-sponsored with French Studies.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Africana Studies and Research Center, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Institute for African Development, Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell Institute for European Studies


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Contact Name

Bill Phelan


Miriam Ticktin

Speaker Affiliation

Associate Professor, and Chair

Disability Access Information

Wheelchair Accessible

Open To

Open to the Public

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