Migration, Politics and Power

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Migration, Politics and Power

Spring 2019

Taught By: Julia Morris

Section: A

CRN: 5485

Credits: 4

The twenty-first century is one of unprecedented movement in and across nation states. Faster transport, transnational and regional mobility agreements, and a proliferation of immigration and security technologies all offer the global citizen the freedom to move across territorial boundaries with ease. But at the same time, while immigration controls promise freedom for some, for others it has become increasingly difficult to move elsewhere. This course focuses on the migration security landscape, looking at how border externalizations and biopolitical practices stretch the border well beyond the territorial limits of the state. The first part of the course examines the American-Mexican borderlands in the contemporary moment, discussing the confluence of public and private sector interests that come together in the migration-security nexus. The second part addresses how nation state exclusions create new forms of illegality and bordered identities. We discuss the creation of the "undocumented" as a human subject, asking how borders and other managerial practices structure individual lives but also shape and define human relations. Through ethnographic research assignments, guest lectures and engaged discussion, this course aims to draw students into critical conversation with current debates in the field, as well as merging social justice concerns with rigorous theoretical dialogue.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

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: 5:56pm 9/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 908

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019