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.