The New (Ab)Normal at Borders III - Legal Regimes

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, European Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Reece Jones, Corey Johnson
Chairs: Corey Johnson


The events of the past year demonstrated that the world entered a new period of flux and uncertainty at borders. While scholars have noted the expansion of walls, security infrastructure, migrant detention, and militarized enforcement for a decade or more, in 2017 actions that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago became the new normal. The papers in this session document and analyze the new (ab)normal at borders by considering these questions: What are the strategies and tactics the state, and non-state actors, use to prevent the movement of people? Where are the locations they are put into place? What impact do they have on people on the move and people who live in the ever widening borderlands? What do these changes tell us theoretically about borders, sovereignty, mobility and the state?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Carl Thor Dahlman*, Miami University, Polyvalent Borders: the many meanings of soft partition 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Ali Hamdan*, UCLA, Anomalous (B)orders in Wartime Syria 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Kenneth Madsen*, The Ohio State University, Constructing U.S. Border Barriers with Legal Waivers and Voluntary Compliance 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Sarah Zell*, University of British Columbia, Humanitarian bordering and protecting the nation: Labour recruiters as vigilante nation-builders 20 6:20 PM
Discussant Alexander Murphy University of Oregon 20 6:40 PM

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