Inhabiting Borderlands

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
Organizers: Mara Dicenta, Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer
Chairs: Mara Dicenta

Call for Submissions

Biopolitics has become an important frame for social geography (Rutherford and Rutherford, 2013), in the form of biopolitical geographies (Agamben, 1998; Mbembe, 2003; Valencia, 2012) and what Rutherford and Rutherford call vital geographies (Rutherford and Rutherford, 2013), that would include more vitalist approaches on how more-than-human lives are governed through politics of protection, abandonment, securitization, and care (Blue and Rock, 2010; Braverman, 2015; Clough and Willse, 2011; Colombino and Giaccaria, 2016; Hinchliffe et al., 2017; Lorimer, 2010).

However, most of these works remain in the “biopolitical imaginary” (Dillon and Lobo-Guerrero, 2009) that posits different qualifications of life as the center of politics. This imaginary goes along governing through exclusion. In defining and protecting certain lives, others are excluded, proper-improper life. Anthropocentrism of Foucault has already been tackled (Asdal et al., 2017; Blue and Rock, 2010) and we could say that there is not only an anthropological machine, but also a “zoological machine” (that produces ideal non-humans to protect while abandoning others).

The question, however, is how to move beyond the biopolitics of exclusion-inclusion. Several authors have proposed to inhabit the borderlands (Hinchliffe et al., 2017: 135), to learn to be exposed to difference (Asdal et al., 2017; Dicenta, forthcoming; Haraway, 1993), staying with the trouble (Haraway, 2016), to move from immunitarian politics to communitas, or practices that respond to forms of inclusion rather than exclusion (Esposito, 2009; Hinchliffe and Ward, 2014), and to engage with partial rather than “either/or” responses (Despret, 2016; Haraway, 2016; Stengers, 1997).

In this panel, we look for contributions that explore and provoke forms of inhabiting borderlands for governing difference. Works can be empirical, theoretical, conceptual, minor, experimental, speculative… Not as description of the panel but rather as a primer, here there are a few ideas:

- The use of third terms to overcome dichotomies
- How to think from dichotomies, not to make the world dichotomic (Mignolo, 2012)
- Double-Binds (Bateson et al., 1956)
- Forms of “staying with the trouble” (Haraway, 2016)
- Novel concepts
- Research that brings worlds apart together

This will be a panel for discussion among presenters and the audience and not a paper's session. You are expected to work on the main points you want to bring in order to be able to respond and engage with the collective analysis.



Type Details Minutes
Panelist Stephanie Rutherford Trent University 15
Panelist Mark Jackson University of Bristol 15
Panelist Jessica Lehman University of Minnesota - Minneapolis 15
Panelist Elaine Stratford University of Tasmania 15
Panelist Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer Charles University in Prague 15
Panelist Anna Davidson University of Huddersfield 15

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