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Social Science Matters: 'Border Walls and the Politics of Becoming Non-Human'

Event Details

March 2, 2017
4:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: 3rd Floor Communication Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Co-Director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility, The New School, will draw insights from her book Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France, which takes undocumented immigrants as the subject of extensive ethnographic research and looks at the place of gender, humanitarianism and the body in debates over immigration -- primarily in France.

In this lecture, Ticktin is concerned by the ways in which border walls and zones come not simply to defend (i.e. certain territories), but to define  -- that is, to shape or alter categories of natural and human kinds. She will suggest that borders walls, and all the surrounding and auxiliary technologies they harness, work by shifting how we understand different kinds of beings, ultimately rendering certain kinds killable. She will look at practices of quarantine, containment, and the design of walls themselves.


The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.