New spaces of bordering, citizenship, and political subjectivity 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Christopher Lizotte, Derek Ruez
Chairs: Christopher Lizotte


We are witnessing an acceleration of human movement across borders, as well as the growing influence of reactionary political movements that have declared themselves in opposition to this movement across a number of contexts. The crises, both exceptional and everyday, facing many of those who cross borders become reimagined as crises facing nation-states. Populist nationalists contest the globalization agenda pursued over the past several decades by political and economic elites, even as they demonize migrants and make claims to imagined national pasts of racial purity and social harmony. At the same time, migrants and their allies struggle against an increasingly normalized xenophobic and fascist ultra-right fringe and often hostile state institutions in order to make space for themselves in receiving societies.

With the upending of the longstanding political coalitions that have been at the heart of the neoliberal globalization consensus, it is more vital than ever to understand how state power, political action, and the structural positionings of political subjects intertwine to produce new spaces in which definitions and conditions for citizenship and belonging are being reworked. Exciting work in feminist geopolitics (Massaro and Williams 2013), the politics of citizenship (Ehrkamp and Jacobson 2015), queer migrations (Rouhani 2016), and geosocial topologies (Mitchell and Kallio 2017) point the way to a broader range of spaces, temporalities, actors, and forces shaping these dynamics—where the intimate and everyday lived experience emerge as generative sites of action in and across a plural and uneven world. In this session, we seek to build on these conversations, and we welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that direct attention to the ways structural power intersects with individual and collective agencies to produce new kinds of borders, subjectivities, and citizenships. Such contributions could include, but are not limited to:

The role of faith-based communities and practices in transnational migration
How intimate socialities intersect with individualistic and heteronormative migration politics/policies
The role of educational institutions in reproducing or challenging state geopolitical discourses
Dominating/missing issues in the current processes of geo-socialisation
Citizenship as naturalized, contested, experienced, and/or enacted
How rights to be/act as members of political communities are gained and lost
How receptivity to migrants is constructed in a range of sites and institutions
Which aspects of "geo" are emphasized and downplayed, in current geosocial, geopolitical, and geoeconomic discussions and practices


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Derek Ruez University of Tampere 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Alicia Danze*, , Migration in the Margins: A Feminist Geopolitical Study of Mexico’s Southern Border 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Kirsi Kallio*, University Of Tampere, Mundane Political Agency in Familial Refugee Lives 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Junjia Ye*, Nanyang Technological University, Spatializing relationalities of urban diversity and coexistence: interrogating inclusion and difference in public space 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Caroline Nagel University of South Carolina 20 9:20 AM

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