Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


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Please join us for out next Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (REPS) Seminar


Friday 17th March 2017, 16:00-18:00. Bramber House BH-255, University of Sussex, Falmer. BN1 9RH.

There are more than 50 new national border walls and fences proposed, under construction, or finished since 2001. The resurgent popularity of walls and fences is an important characteristic of neoliberal ascendency—a form of both internal and external “security” measures to protect speculative interests in the planetary search for new commodities, markets, and services. This nomos marks out contemporary contours of racial capitalism—the spatial, violent, and visual manifestations of economic and political rule. Racism is at the foundation of this arrangement; it is not merely an artifact of otherness produced or represented by these edifices.

These racial arrangements have implications for border culture which becomes articulated from an in-between location (for example on the US-Mexico border), created by and for division, but that is also generative of complex and multidimensional experiences and sensibilities. Living, writing and producing art at the border becomes an experience of racial, cultural and historical cuts, and of everyday transgressions – walking through jingoistic, separatist, and nationalistic foolishness; bearing witness to the tragedy of the border and the everyday life that thrives in its shadow.

However, borders are not only maintained at the frontier of the state. Their racial technologies, found in class room registers, biometric data, NHS assessments and in the gaze of strangers violently permeates everyday life. If a defining feature of the contemporary moment is the proliferation of border walls, another is the deep reach of border technologies, and bordering, into previously unregimented social and psychic spaces. In the context of ongoing war and the crumbling Western/European project, the need to define racial and nationalist belonging has sharpened and with it the compulsion to monitor, administer and exclude racial others.

Please join us to discuss these issues and others.

The speakers will be Dagoberto Gilb (Writer and Executive Director of CentroVicoria at the Univ of Houston), Dr Olivia Mena (University of Texas) and Dr Georgie Wemyss (University of East London).

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Best wishes

Malcolm James and Helen Kim