Nationalism. Borders. Personhood.
This year's symposium examines the conjunctures of nationalism, borders, and personhood through interdisciplinary lenses on dissent, social movement, ideological restriction or contestation, and state violence. Our focus arises from the urgencies of the contemporary moment while remaining informed by history. The right-wing populisms coalescing today at home and abroad are reinforcing exclusive conceptualizations of national identity, mocking globalization’s promises of world harmony. Discourses of securitization have justified figurative and literal fences, walls, and cages, extended unemployment, compromised housing and food, immiserated the precariat and devastated the planet. The talks featured at this year's symposium explore these conjunctures through a critical ethnic studies framework and a scholar-activist ethos.
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