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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 6447
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This is a graduate seminar exploring the politics of borders. Many have noted that the border walls are being constructed around the world with renewed frequency. Why are so many walls being erected now? What social and political forces have led to the need to mark territories with elaborately constructed walls? What might constitute a progressive border politics? While the US-Mexican border will be provide a specific case for class discussion, students are encouraged to develop an expertise on a border wall of their choice. The seminar will not limit the discussion of borders to national boundaries; we will also consider divisions between identities, creeks and canals, human and non-human, zoning laws, and transnational border zones. The plan is not to prescribe what counts as a border, but to explore the phenomena broadly. Readings will be drawn from across the social sciences and design studies and will include works by Wendy Brown, Eyal Weizman, George Sanchez and others.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.