There are more borders and migrants today than ever before in human history and yet we seem to be no closer to understanding the constitutive role they play in society. This is in part because both can no longer be defined strictly according to the geographical divisions between nation-states. Displacement and migration now seem occur at every level of society, in part, because so do borders. The fact that the proliferation of borders and migrants appear so widely and visibly today thus forces us to rethink their structural importance in society and politics. Therefore what is now needed, and what this lecture will introduce, is a new political theory that begins from the primacy of borders and migrants and no longer treats them as exceptions to the normative rule of states and citizens.
In English * Thomas Nail is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of "Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo" (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), "The Figure of the Migrant" (Stanford University Press, 2015), "Theory of the Border" (Oxford University Press, 2016), "Lucretius I: An Ontology of Motion" (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and co-editor of "Between Deleuze and Foucault" (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). His publications can be downloaded here.
Im Rahmen der Frankfurter Aufführungen von „SANCTUARY“, gefördert im Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.