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Technologies of Bordering: Creating, Contesting and Resisting Borders Conference

This international conference is organised by the Universities of Manchester and Melbourne and brings together academics, practitioners and activists to discuss borders and technologies of bordering. Everyone is welcome to attend this free conference but please register in advance. A full programme will be sent out after registration.

Borders are pervasive spatial, political and social features in contemporary society. Materially and symbolically manifest, borders are shaped by history, politics and power. They take various forms, have multiple functions and are ceaselessly changing. Through a wide array of material, digital and virtual technologies borders divide, exclude, contain, categorise, control, govern and protect people. For example, the presence or absence of documents such as passports, permits and identity cards control the movement of people across borders as do security and surveillance technologies like gamma ray scanners that can reveal undocumented bodies hiding in trucks that are attempting to cross borders. Such technologies are a material manifestation of bureaucratic systems that are mobilised to assign identities to people and ascertain their associated rights as citizens or non-citizens. Bordering processes and practices also produce and maintain communities but at the same time distinguish between those who belong and those considered strangers. Borders and bordering technologies are not always rendered visible. Indeed, biometric identify cards, for example, create borders that are delocalised and dispersed, potentially everywhere. Bordering technologies are exclusionary and affective mechanisms that are perceived and conceived by people in different ways, for instance through the separation and othering of gendered, racialised, colonised and indigenous bodies. While some borders have become more permeable for finance, goods and information, the notion of a ‘borderless world’ contradicts how most people live within clearly defined borders. Yet, borders have frequently been actively contested and negotiated. Indeed, bordering technologies have promoted and prompted various strategies of evasion, resistance and solidarity, from the forging of documents and the transgressing of borders, to the rejection of borders through acts of political refusal and sovereignty. Importantly, borders have also been used and incorporated into people’s lives and livelihoods, providing opportunities, progressive spaces and new ways of being.

In this inter-disciplinary, international conference, we explore these issues and focus on the experiences of diaspora, migrants, refugees, citizens and stateless populations across different spatial contexts and historical periods.

Co-convenors:

Dr Elise Klein (University of Melbourne)

Professor Uma Kothari (University of Manchester)

Agenda:

Wednesday 3 July 5.15pm – 8.00pm

Opening plenary and reception

The Ian Potter Museum

Thursday 4 July 9.30am – 5.45pm

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Room 325

University of Melbourne

Friday 5 July 9.00am – 5.15pm

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Room 325

University of Melbourne

Keynotes:

Peter Mares (Lead moderator of The Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership and adjunct fellow at Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University, Australia).

Suvendrini Perera (John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Research Professor of Cultural Studies, Curtin University, Australia).

Awale Ahmed (Poet and storyteller, chaired by Professor Uma Kothari and Dr Elise Klein)

Ghassan Hage (Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne, Australia).

Ian Howard (Artist and professor, Faculty of Art & Design, University of New South Wales, Australia).

Alison Mountz (Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration and Director of the International Migration Research Centre, The Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada).

As well as interesting talks by many other activists, academics and practitioners.

Contact:

Enquiries can be made to the conference convenors: Elise Klein, University of Melbourne (elise.klein@unimelb.edu.au) and Uma Kothari, University of Manchester (uma.kothari@manchester.ac.uk)


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