Race, territoriality, and xenophobia in an age of migration 'crises'

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Alison Mountz, Richard Wright
Chairs: Alison Mountz


This panel explores relationships between race, territoriality, xenophobia, exclusion, and migration “crises.” Scholars have linked national and global migration crises and exclusionary practices and policies – such as externalization, border enforcement, detention, and deportation - to racialization (e.g., Ngai 2004, Nevins 2010, Loyd and Mountz 2018). Wright and Ellis (2000) argue that contestations over immigrant integration in US society were increasingly realized at the regional scale and that the racialization of particular groups infused almost all aspects of these debates. The new immigrant destinations literatures and research on the devolution and diffusion of immigration enforcement within the United States captured this idea of what they called “territorial politics of immigration”. These territorial politics, of course, play out both within national borders but also well beyond them. This panel seeks to spark conversations involves revisiting and revising the territorial politics of im/migration in the current era of mass deportation, detention, growing nationalism, and “crisis” across North America and beyond.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Ishan Ashutosh Indiana University 10
Panelist Mark Ellis University of Washington 10
Panelist Richard Wright Dartmouth College 10
Panelist Lucía Caballero Dartmouth College 10
Panelist Patricia Ehrkamp University of Kentucky 10
Panelist David Hernández Mount Holyoke College 10

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