GPOL

6417

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 2020

Taught By: Alexandra Delano and Anne McNevin

Section: A

CRN: 7150

Credits: 3

This intensively taught course examines the border as a site of political struggle and a laboratory for political innovation. The particular focus for Spring 2020 will be the deportability-mobility-continuum that operates across the US-Mexico border, read in comparative perspective with similar dynamics elsewhere in the world. At a theoretical level, we will engage the deportability-mobility-continuum as a form of global apartheid and examine the institutions, political-economies, and symbolic narratives that sustain it. On a concrete level, we will engage with the experiences of those who are directly affected by deportation and engaged in resisting it, from Dreamer and sanctuary activists to transnational networks of deportees. We will also consider the university as an institutional battleground for this specific form of border politics and reflect on ourselves as scholar-activists within this context. The course will be a collaboration between students at The New School and students attached to Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City. The major piece of assessment will be the collaborative design of a scholar-activist intervention. 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 Mexico City 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 number of seminars during term in the scheduled class time (these classes will be intermittent rather than weekly), and for additional activities in the last week of term when students from Mexico will visit us in New York. • Course ENROLMENT IS BY PERMISSION ONLY. Numbers will be limited due to logistics. Interested students must send an expression of interest to Anne McNevin and Alexandra Delano by 25 November 2019. 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 Monday 2 December to confirm their place in the course. Interview times will be sent via email. Instructors: Anne McNevin (Politics, NSSR), Alexandra Delano (Global Studies, SPE) and Jill Anderson (Otros Dreams en Acción, Mexico City)

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: 10:02am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

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Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020