The New (Ab)Normal at Borders I - Externalization

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
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 Mario Bruzzone*, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Sovereign Beyond the Border? Migration and Punitive Power 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Anna Casaglia*, University of Eastern Finland, “The creation of the monster”. Discourses around SAR operations in the Mediterranean. 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Julian Hollstegge*, University of Bayreuth, Situating externalization: towards a postcolonial politics of a shifting European border regime 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Anna Feigenbaum*, Bournemouth University, Less lethal weapons as border control 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Shona Loong*, University of Oxford, Neoliberalism meets the borderscape: encounters with state abandonment along the Thai-Myanmar border 20 2:40 PM

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