Miriam Ticktin “Border Walls and the Politics of Becoming Non-Human”

Thursday September 7, 2017

4:30pm in 404 Morrill Hall.

Abstract: In this talk I am 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. I will suggest that borders walls — such as those at the border of Spain and Morocco, and between France and the UK — and all the surrounding and auxiliary technologies they harness, work by shifting how we understand different kinds of beings, ultimately rendering certain kinds killable.

Bio:  Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research.  She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and an MA in English Literature from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.  She is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (University of California Press, 2011) and In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (co-editor with Ilana Feldman, Duke University Press, 2010. She is a co-founding editor of the journal Humanity

This event is co-organized by the Program in Comparative Muslim Studies and co-sponsored by Anthropology, Government, and STS.