‘Migration, Affect and Political Space’ An International Political Sociology and Geography Seminar
This event is co-funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.
Against a backdrop of heightened attention to borders and those who cross them, as well as to the emotions, moods and gestures of political life, this seminar seeks to address the politics of migration and affect together. It arises from our suspicion that current practices of governance––of sorting, categorising, counting and expelling lives, need to be addressed alongside questions about the politics of knowledge and the poetics of style. This seminar will bring together debates, contributions and methodological approaches in International Political Sociology and Geography and explore different ways of addressing questions about affect (as the capacity to move and be moved, as well as ways of orienting ourselves in the world) together with migration (addressing movement, boundaries, mobilization, crossings and borders).
In mobilizing affect and migration as analytical lenses, we are interested in developing other entry points for responding to ‘populist’ times – of heightened racism, far-right nationalism, the fortification of borders and the purification of ideas about identity and citizenship: how we might respond to these urgent times beyond a language of catastrophe and without reproducing some of the sovereign terms, categories and dreams that are currently being reenergized? How, in taking affect and migration as opening provocations, might we uncover alternative entry points to thinking political space, collective movements and ways of writing about politics? Given the limits of returning to organize around the categories of ‘the people’, ‘class’, and ‘identity’, what other understandings of collective formations, political movements and political space might we develop?
Speakers: Claudia Aradau, Angharad Closs Stephens, Jason Dittmer, Jef Huysmans, Debbie Lisle, Patricia Noxolo (tbc), Rahul Rao, Martina Tazzioli
Chairs: Brenna Bhandar; David Brenner; Sanjay Seth
Convenors: Angharad Closs Stephens and Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmiths).
With the support of: Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Goldsmiths); Political Economy Research centre (Goldsmiths); Doing IPS Research Hub;
London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
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