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Border Walls and the Politics of Becoming Non-Human by Miriam Ticktin, Sociology, The New School for Social Research

Miriam Ticktin

In this talk I am concerned by the ways in which border walls and zones come not simply to defend (for example, certain territories), but also to define  -- that is, to shape or alter categories of natural and human kinds. I will suggest that border walls -- such as those at the border of (predominantly Christian) Spain and (predominantly Muslim) Morocco, as well as between France and the United Kingdom -- and all the surrounding and auxiliary technologies they harness, work by shifting how we understand different kinds of beings, ultimately rendering certain kinds killable.