19 Jul
20 Jul

Borderland vigilance

Opening hours / Beginning:

19 July 2022 - 20 July 2022

Workshop: Borderland vigilance. Re-conceptualising borders in comparative perspective

Borderlands are places where antithetical elements mix and combine in unexpected ways, where people face choices about how to place themselves in relation to often fluid boundaries which are meant to keep people apart but which they nevertheless cross, and where nationhood and citizenship may be displayed and called into question.

We will discuss the vigilant and watchful behavior that ordinary people incorporate into their everyday lives to deal with living in borderland contexts in which their own belonging may be denied; how borderland subjects attempt to transform their social reality individually and collectively through actions that assert belonging, and how subjects are shaped in parallel both with political projects assert the primacy of borders and those that question them.


Day 1 (Tuesday, 19 July) IBZ Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft München e.V. Amalienstraße 38 • 80799 München

  • 13.30 – 14.00: Registration
  • 14.00 – 14.30: Welcome
  • 14.30 – 16.30: Panel 1: Annika Pohl Harrisson (Aarhus University) “Wild Boar Fencing in the Danish-German Borderlands: Disruption, Vigilance, and Competition for the Right-todefine”, Justyna Szymańska (University of Warsaw) “Future Makers at the Shifting Border. Activism and Civic Engagement in Donbas region”, Anna Casaglia (University of Trento) “Epidermal Politics: Control, Violence and Dissent at the Biometric Border”, Panel chair: Irene Götz (LMU)
  • 16.30 – 17.00: Coffee break
  • 17.00 – 19.00: Panel 2: Roberto Hernández (SDSU) “Epistemic and Cartographic Disobedience to the Prison of Modernity/Coloniality”, Alex Gómez (SDSU) “US-Mexican Border Cinema”, Rihan Yeh (UCSD) “Dis/appearance: Refractions of Surveillance around Illicit Border-Crossing (Tijuana, Mexico)”, Panel chair: Irene Götz (LMU)

Day 2 (Wednesday, 20 July) Geschwister-Scholl-Pl. 1, Hörsaal M 001

  • 14.30 – 15.30: Keynote: Jussi Laine (University of Eastern Finland) “Reconceptualising Borders: A Multidisciplinary Perspective”
  • 15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break
  • 16.00 – 18.00: Panel 3: Alena Zelenskaia (LMU) “The Effects of Externalized Border Control Management by Germany on Marriage Migrants from Third Countries”, Michelle Téllez (University of Arizona) “Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect”, Jonathan Alderman, Eveline Dürr (LMU), Catherine Whittaker (Goethe University, Frankfurt a. M.) “Watchfulness in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”, Panel chair: Fabio Santos (FU Berlin)
  • 18.00 – 18.30: Coffee break
  • 18.30 – 19.30: Round table: “Fluid Belonging, Movement, Mobility and Vigilance in Borderlands” Roberto Hernández (SDSU), Avital Binah-Pollak (Technion: Israel Institute of Technology), Fabio Santos (FU Berlin), Chair: Anna Casaglia (University of Trento)

The event will bei held in English. A registration ist required. For further information, please visit the institute's website.

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