Contesting Border Formation(s) 1: Identities, Crises, and Resistance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Vera Smirnova, Jared Keyel
Chairs: Vera Smirnova


Borders are politically and socially produced phenomena, they appear as fixed, yet are always in flux. Borders are not merely edges but contested and strategic frontiers, crucial for (re)production of prevalent power relations. Border formation can be exploited to legitimize dispossession, land theft, or the displacement of marginalized communities and, as Agamben (2005) has argued, create states and zones of exception. Border (re)formation in response to the current economic crises and political instabilities has proven to be a disputed process whereby varied constellations of overlapping actors and interests seek to exploit moments of instability to consolidate and exercise power in novel ways. ‘Border’ as a concept has generated much research in the fields of political geography, political theory, and international relations, yet, it has received comparatively less attention than other scales of analysis such as ‘territory’ or ‘space’. Moreover, Anglophone scholarship on border formation, in many cases, is state-centric, primarily seeing borders as a state territorial container or coercive state power strategy (Soja, 1971; Gottmann, 1973; Sack, 1986; Taylor, 1994; Elden, 2009). This session seeks contributions that contest border formation in the present moment and/or through their historical manifestations, advance understanding of borders that serve at once as a means of coercion and resistance, or perceive borders as lived spaces where both top-down and bottom-up practices overlap and often clash. We invite theoretically rich and/or empirically grounded papers that directly engage in problematizing border formation and together can unite, contribute, or advance the on-going debate.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jared Keyel*, Virginia Tech, No Ban, No Wall: Discursive Bordering and Resistance to Donald Trump’s Anti-Refugee Executive Orders 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Jens Haendeler*, Bard College, pnevma collective, Occupied Landscapes: The Architecture of Displacement and Urban Tactics of Resistance in the Calais ‘Jungle’ 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Ciara Segura*, University of Texas - Austin, Intimate exposures: Linking pesticides to body and economy 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Johan Fredrik Rye*, , Transnational spaces of class. Migrants' multiple, inconsistent and instable locations in the class structure 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Melisa Arganaraz*, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Living with invisible borders: Migrant Latino youth vs power and rule in East Baltimore 20 2:40 PM

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