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The Annual Agnes Heller Sociology Lecture presents Mimi Sheller

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MOBILE BORDERS, RACIAL MOBILITY REGIMES AND GLOBAL MOBILITY GOVERNANCE

Global racialized systems of mobility management continue to inform racialized migration policies around the world, and especially in white settler societies. There are an estimated 65 million people who are today forcibly displaced from their homes, both internally and external their country, said to be more than at any time since World War II. Over 10,000 migrants perished trying to reach their destinations in 2014 and 2015, according to a 2016 report from the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration. Five thousand people died in 2016 alone trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. This talk brings critical mobilities theory into conversation with the relational turn in border studies, which has led many theorists to re-think the relation between territory and borders, and between mobility and containment. It builds on the work of Alison Mountz, Jena Loyd and their collaborators who have argued in an important series of articles that the militarization and carceralization of immigration ‘enforcement’ whether through militarized border enforcement, non-citizen detention and deportation, or migrant incarceration, increasingly erodes human rights especially of non-white peoples. Relational theorists emphasize that it is through performative acts of bordering and debordering that a territory is at once produced, stabilized, and sometimes destabilized and deterritorialized. Borders are not simply edges, limits, or barriers for controlling mobility in and out of adjacent territories, nor does territory pre-exist the border. I develop the idea of “bordering practices” as a practice of management of mobilities, occurring within wider racialized mobility regimes of global mobility governance.

PROFESSOR MIMI SHELLER is author and co-editor of nine books, including most recently Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press 2014); The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities (2013); Mobility and Locative Media (2014). As founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities, Associate Editor of Transfers, co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (2006) and Tourism Mobilities (2004), and author of several highly cited articles, she helped to establish the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research.

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