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Seminar series
Dis-placing Politics


The conclusion of a day long workshop on the emerging discipline of International Political Sociology, this evening's seminar - part of ULIP's ongoing Dis-Placing Politics series - promises to be fascinating event.

Throughout the world people are negotiating their identities, movements, citizenships across various national and international borders as artists, citizens, entrepreneurs, diplomats, exiles, migrants, refugees, students, tourists, and workers. People find that borders act on them differently. Those who are able to afford buying multiple citizenships experience borders as a pleasant experience.Those who are not so lucky will be thrown into a seemingly interminable struggle over justifying themselves and their mobility. This state of affairs led some scholars and activists to question borders while states and nations increasingly become protective of their own borders. However, the debates about the relevance and effects of borders goes beyond the movement of people. Intensive experiences of globalisation and transnational connections between local sites, cultures, social movements, and economies have seriously questioned the key role of borders and even distinctions between local and global. Yet, borders are so central to understanding international relations that imagining and valuing lives and politics without borders remains a challenge. We will discuss various interventions on borders in contemporary international politics and reflect on ways of thinking about borders and without borders in International Political Sociology.


16:00 - Reading Workshop (for more information and to receive the readings please click here

18:00 - Lecture and Discussion 

19:30 - Drinks Reception


Citizens without borders?

Engin Isin (ULIP / QMUL)

International relations without borders?

Audrey Alejandro (QMUL)

Security (and) politics beyond borders?

Philippe Bonditti (ESPOL, Lille)

The session is chaired by Jef Huysmans (QMUL).