Theories of International Mobility

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Theories of Intl. Mobility

Fall 2021

Taught By: Niina Vuolajarvi

Section: A

CRN: 12494

Credits: 3

Mobility is part of the human condition and a key component in contemporary political, social, and economic transformations. We live in a world of intensified movement of people that the political systems also increasingly aim to control and contain. In this course, we will examine human mobility, lived experiences of migration, and the migration apparatus that has developed around the movement of people using historical and contemporary perspectives. Unlike the sedentary approach that often forms the basis of social and political sciences, the class adopts a perspective that takes distance from the nation-state and its control apparatus as a normative lens to the movement of people and approaches mobility as a differentially accessed resource. The course is divided into two parts. The first part of the course provides a historical and conceptual overview of questions related to human mobility, border regimes, state formation, rights, freedom of movement and citizenship. We will examine the historical formation of border regimes, their relation to racialized nationality, and how these formations inform contemporary understandings of mobility. Then we move to explore the core concepts, philosophical debates and legal agreements concerning the movement of people. After orientating in concepts and providing a framework for discussion, we will move to more empirical accounts of the contemporary movement of people discussing themes such as lived experiences of border crossings, production of citizenship and illegality, border regimes, transnationalism, diaspora, and the intersections of migration, racial and labor politics. Along the way, we will also discuss the ethico-politics of researching (im)mobilities.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 8:55pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:55pm - 2:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 704

Date Range: 9/3/2021 - 12/17/2021