Seminarium: Snapshots of the Border Walls - Critical Border Studies

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Stockholm University Venue: Spelbomskan. Aula Magna, Stockholm University
  • Föreläsare: With Minimal Force - Adania Shibli (Writer/Birzeit University) Privilege, Space and Art at the US-Mexico Border - Markus Heide (Uppsala University)
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  • Arrangör: Critical Border Studies is hosted by CEMFOR and is affiliated with the Engaging Vulnerability program at Uppsala University and the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.
  • Kontaktperson: Shahram Khosravi
  • Seminarium

Seminarium: Snapshots of the Border Walls
Critical Border Studies: An Interdisciplinary Network for Academics, Activists and Artists

With Minimal Force
Adania Shibli (Writer/Birzeit University)

In light of the political, economic, spatial, and social realms in Palestine/Israel, many art works that were created over the last two decade, had been shaped by colonial and power techniques implemented by the Israeli authorities and military. Such techniques are in particular targeting the movement of Palestinians, and introduced either as daily routine or collective punishment. This seminar will discuss examples from the field of art, and how visual art works and even literary texts do interact with such techniques and subvert the very relations they generate by redefining individuals’ positions.

Privilege, Space and Art at the US-Mexico Border                                                        Markus Heide (Uppsala University)

I will introduce sites at the US-Mexico borderline that provide space for the performance of activities of social privilege, such as tourism, international trade, sports, and the arts. These places, in their distinct ways, create an atmosphere of being removed from the immediate perils and evils of the borderlands: illegal trade and undocumented immigration. At the same time the three places are shaped by the militarization of the U.S.’ Southern border since the 1990s and the post-9/11 security regime: The closed and guarded fence and border patrol agents are visible and mark the places as part of the border blockade. Although the three distinct places contribute to cross-border contacts and exchange, they, as well as their use by border people and visitors, contribute to bordering practices and to normalizing the militarized border. How are forms of mobility constructed in the borderlands? What kind of mobilities are welcome by the border regimes? What kind of hierarchies of mobility do the controlled borderlands create?

Critical Border Studies is hosted by CEMFOR and is affiliated with the Engaging Vulnerability program at Uppsala University and the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.