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The Institutional Production of Territory: State Expansion in a “Nationalist” Age: II

Type: Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Julie Klinger, Shaina Potts
Chairs: Julie Klinger


Amidst the proliferation of nationalist discourses making simplistic claims about state sovereignty, in practice, state spatiality is increasingly trans-national, subterranean, aquatic, non-contiguous and/or extraterrestrial. Building on our previous work on financialization and frontiers, in this session we refocus our gaze on the state to engage its violent and virulent resurgence as an imperial actor in contemporary times. We are particularly interested in the flexible institutional forms through which states, in collusion with “non-state” entities, broadly defined, produce state territorialities within and beyond official political borders.

The aim of this session is to decenter Westphalian notions of the relationship between states and contiguous terrestrial territories, while keeping the state, in its multiple forms, at the center of our analyses. Our motivation is to identify specific institutional mechanisms through which national territories and state power are produced and contested. By focusing on territoriality, we foreground practices of material expansion, land use change, and state building. We envision this, however, in an open way that includes not only explicit physical expansion, but also how institutional, legal, financial and discursive practices underwrite claims to resources of all kinds.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Shaina Potts*, University of California-Los Angeles, Law as Geopolitics: US Judicial Territory and Transnational Economic Governance 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Aharon De Grassi*, San Jose State University, Provincializing Weber through a Global Lens: Some Origins of State Theory in the Colonization of Africa, and its Post-War Institutionalization in African Studies 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Natalie Koch*, Syracuse University, Saudi Arizona: Extraterritoriality and state power in the drylands 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Mikael Omstedt*, University of British Columbia, Articulating American Capitalism: Money, Uneven Development, and the Making of a Macroeconomy 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Eszter Kovacs Department of Geography, University of Cambridge 15 12:00 AM

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