Transnational Border Lab: Theory, Practice And Scholar-Activism

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Transnational Border Lab

Spring 2018

Taught By: Anne McNevin

Section: A

CRN: 5648

Credits: 3

This course examines the border as a site of political struggle and a laboratory for political innovation. It provides a comparative, transnational perspective on contemporary border struggles in the EU and US contexts. It examines theoretical perspectives informing those struggles, and develops students’ capacities for scholar-activism on the border. Against the rise of restrictive border policing, populist anti-immigrant politics, and precarious migrant labor, the course examines the political mobilization of undocumented people, asylum seekers, refugees and precarious border dwellers; sanctuary and ‘no-borders’ movements; and broader traditions of asylum, hospitality and solidarity. The course will include students from the New School as well as students from the University of London. It will include field trips to transnational borderzones where students will directly engage sites, actors, and agencies involved in border struggles. This course is open to graduates and a small number of senior undergraduate students. PLEASE NOTE: • In addition to undertaking a course of reading over the term, students must be available to travel to the US/Mexico border over the Spring break. Funding will be available to contribute to the costs of travel and accommodation. Students will need to cover the costs of meals and incidentals whilst on this field trip. • Students must also be available for a small number of seminars during term in the scheduled class time (these classes will be intermittent rather than weekly), and possibly for a two day intensive workshop (timing TBC). • Course ENROLMENT IS BY PERMISSION ONLY. Numbers will be limited due to logistics. Interested students must send an expression of interest to Anne McNevin by 21 November 2017. They should include a CV of no more than two pages that includes courses studied and grades achieved. They should also include one page (max) on why they wish to do this course. Students must be available to attend an interview on Friday 1 December to confirm their place in the course. Interview times will be sent via email. Instructors: Anne McNevin (Politics, NSSR), Alexandra Delano (Global Studies) and Engin Isin (University of London, Paris Institute)

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:56am 6/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1005

Date Range: 1/25/2018 - 5/10/2018