World Making And Border Politics

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

World Making and Border Pol

Fall 2022

Taught By: Anne McNevin

Section: A

CRN: 13986

Credits: 3

This course is designed around a working draft of a book by the same title, which aims to reveal a world in which borders are not the organizing principle and to shift the dynamic potential of this world from the realm of utopia to that of serious political consideration. The course will reflect, somewhat paradoxically, on alternative worlds in existence alongside the hardening of border defenses around the world. Alternative worlds invoked in this way are not the same as borderless worlds, worlds without states, or worlds in which borders are open. Nor are they worlds in which the exiled and excluded are integrated into a given collective future. Part of what we will explore in this course is that visions of this kind are reactive to prevailing geopolitical and chronopolitical norms that obscure a wider field of possibilities. Readings for the course will move geographically between Australia, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Mexico, Europe and colonial diasporas, narrowing in on specific sites of imprisonment, detention, sanctuary, abolitionist experimentation, and anti-racist, anti-colonial and Indigenous organizing. The premise for the course is that forms of spatial and temporal disjuncture coalesce in these sites in ways that shift the sense in which a political grammar of borders makes sense at all. The course explores how other modes of affiliation and geopolitical configuration become both imaginable and real in these sites as a result of actually existing practices. Students will be engaged as interlocutors and critics in the development and refinement of the book, and will write on subjects of their own choice in conversation with its themes.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:26am EST 11/26/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022