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A common set of assumptions about international space shape contemporary debates about borders and migration. Some of these assumptions are long-standing and indicative of deeply entrenched social, political and cultural norms; others have emerged more recently but have become firmly lodged in governmental logics, policy settings, and popular imaginations. These assumptions provide the starting points for analysis and proposition, determining what needs to be established in order to build a credible case and what can be taken as given. In this talk Anne McNevin examines how this givenness plays out across a spectrum of debate from restrictive to progressive perspectives. She also reflects on critical resources available to enliven new horizons of the possible and new coalitions that engage border politics as more than a case of “seeing like a migrant”.
About the speaker
Anne McNevin is Associate Professor of Politics at The New School. Her research interests include the transformation of sovereignty, citizenship and political community with a particular focus on displacement, mobility, borders, and the global governance of migration. She is author of Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political (Columbia UP, 2011), associate editor of Citizenship Studies. Her recent work on the governmentality of migration management in the Indonesian context is published in International Political Sociology and Security Dialogue.