GEOG 5355

Required books:

  • Agamben, G. 1998. Homo sacer: sovereign power and bare life. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.  Available in the GRC
  • Anzaldúa, G. 2012. Borderlands / La fronteira: the new mestiza. 4th edition. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. [Please buy the 4th] Available in the GRC
  • Khosravi, S. 2011. Illegal traveler: An auto-ethnography of borders. New York: Palgrave McMillan. Available in the GRC

Recommended books:

  • Agnew, J. 2002. Making political geography. London: Oxford University Press. Available in the GRC
  • Foucault, M. 1990. The history of sexuality. New York: Vintage Books. Ebook 
  • Foucault, M. 2003. Society must be defended: lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76. New York: Picador. Available in the GRC
  • Lemke, T. (2011). Biopolitics: An advanced introduction, New York: New York University Press, Chs. 1-3. Available in the GRC
  • Simpson, A. (2014). Mohawk interruptus: Political life across the borders of settler states. Durham, Duke University Press. Available in the GRC

Week 2 - Sept. 21: What is a border & where is it

Balibar, E. (2002). What is a border? In Politics and the other scene. London: Verso, 75-86. Available in the GRC

Johnson, C., R. Jones, A. Paasi, L. Amoore, A. Mountz, M. Salter & C. Rumford (2011). Interventions on rethinking 'the border' in border studies. Political Geography, 30, 61-69.

Rumford, C. (2008). Introduction: citizens and borderwork in Europe. Space and Polity, 12 (1), 1-12.

Till, K. et al. (2013). Interventions in the political geographies of walls. Political Geography, 33: 52-62.

Week 3 - Sept. 28: How do we come to know borders?

Doevenspeck, M. (2011). Constructing the border from below: narratives from the Congolese-Rwandan state boundary. Political Geography 30 (3), 129-142.

 Khosravi, S. (2011). Illegal traveler: An auto-ethnography of borders. New York: Palgrave McMillan.  Available in the GRC

Mountz, A. (2010). Seeking asylum: human smuggling and bureaucracy at the border. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Intro, Chs. 1-3; Recommended Ch. 5.

Week 4 - Oct. 5: Political ecology of borders I

Comaroff, J. & J. Comaroff (2005). Naturing the nation: aliens, apocalypse and the postcolonial state. In Sovereign bodies: citizens, migrants, and states in the postcolonial world, eds. T. Hansen & F. Stepputat. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 120-147. Available in the GRC

Nyers, P. (2012). Moving borders: the politics of dirt. Radical Philosophy 174: 2-6.

Sayre, N. & K. R. (2010). Potential effects of United States-Mexico border hardening on ecological and human communities in the Malpai Borderlands. Conservation Biology, 24, 345-348.

Squire, V. (2014). Desert ‘trash’: Posthumanism, border struggles, and humanitarian politics. Political Geography, 39, 11-21.

Sundberg, J. (2011). Diabolic Caminos in the Desert and Cat Fights on the Rio: A Posthumanist Political Ecology of Boundary Enforcement in the United States-Mexico Borderlands. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101, 318-336.

Recommended: Film: Borderlands, Continental Divide (2009) produced by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://vimeo.com/7065400

Recommended: Netz, R. (2004). Barbed wire: an ecology of modernity. Middletown, CT, Wesleyan University Press.

Week 5 - Oct. 12: Political ecology of borders II: Borders, nature, & security – Seminar with Megan Ybarra

Lunstrum, E. (2014). Green militarization: Anti-poaching efforts and the spatial contours of Kruger National Park. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104, 816-832.

Lunstrum, E. & M. Ybarra (under review) Where is difference dangerous? National security threat narratives and displacement from protected areas.

Ybarra, M. TBD.

Week 6 - Oct. 19: Biopolitics I: Theoretical foundations

Agamben, G. (1998). Homo sacer: sovereign power and bare life. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Read the whole book but concentrate on pp. 1-30; 71-86, 119-143; 166-188. Available in the GRC

Foucault, M. (2003). Lecture 11 and Course Summary. In Society must be defended: lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76. New York: Picador, pp. 239-272. Available in the GRC

Foucault, M. (1990 [1976]). “Part five: Right of death and power over life.” In The history of sexuality. New York: Vintage Books, pp. 135-159.

Recommended:

Ek, R. 2006. “Giorgio Agamben and the spatialities of the camp: an introduction.” Geografiska Annaler Series B-Human Geography, 88B (4): 363-386.

Lemke, T. (2011). Biopolitics: An advanced introduction, New York: New York University Press.

Week 7 - Oct. 26: Biopolitcs II: The biopolitics of borders

Braun, B. (2007). Biopolitics and the molecularization of life. Cultural Geographies 14: 6-28.

Doty, R. (2011). Bare life: border-crossing deaths and spaces of moral alibi. Environment and Planning D-Society & Space, 29 (4), 599-612.

Vaughan-Williams, N. (2015). ‘We are not animals!’ Humanitarian border security and zoopolitical spaces in EUrope. Political Geography, 45, 1-10.

Sheller, M. (2016). Uneven mobility futures: A Foucauldian approach. Mobilities 11 (1): 15-31.

Warren, A. (2013). (Re)locating the border: Pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening of migrants to the UK. Geoforum, 48, 156-164.

Recommended: Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) & Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men (2006).

Week 8 - Nov. 2: Indigenous perspectives

King, T. (2013). Borders. One good story, that one: stories. Toronto: Harper Collins, 133-147.

Mayer, E. (2015). Indigenous interstitial spaces: Liminality in Thomas King's "Borders". Liminality and the short story: boundary crossings in American, Canadian, and British writing. Eds, J. Achilles and I. Bergmann. New York: Routledge, 263-273.

Simpson, A. (2014). Mohawk interruptus: Political life across the borders of settler states. Durham, Duke University Press, Chs. 1-2, 5.  Available in the GRC

Recommended: Rachel Nez’s documentary The Border Crossed Us (2006)

Week 9 – Indigenous experiences meet political ecology 

Courtney Hunt’s film Frozen River (2009).

Dodds, K. (2013). “I'm still not crossing that”: borders, dispossession, and sovereignty in Frozen River (2008). Geopolitics 18 (3), 560-583.

Week 10 – Nov. 16: Borderlands

Anzaldúa, G. (2012). Borderlands / La fronteira: the new mestiza. 4th edition. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, Introduction to the 25th anniversary edition and “Atravesando Fronteras/Crossing Borders” (which is Chs. 1-7). Available in the GRC

Gordimer, N. (1991). The ultimate safari. Available at: http://newint.org/books/fiction/caine%20prize%2010%20years%20chapter%20one.pdf

Nadine Gordimer reads "The Ultimate Safari" at the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival: http://www.pen.org/book/nadine-gordimer-the-ultimate-safari

Nixon, R. (2011). Stranger in the eco-village: race, tourism, and environmental time. In Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 175-198.

Recommended: Lunstrum, E. (2015). Conservation Meets Militarization in Kruger National Park: Historical Encounters and Complex Legacies. Conservation & Society, 13 (4), 356-369.

Week 11 - Nov. 23:

Part 1: Pedagogy presentations

Part 2: Resistance & refusal

Jones, R. (2012) Spaces of Refusal: Rethinking Sovereign Power and Resistance at the Border. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102, 685-699.

Pallister-Wilkins, P. (2011) The Separation Wall: a symbol of power and a site of resistance? Antipode, 43, 1851-1882.

Rygiel, Kim. (2011) Bordering solidarities: Migrant activism and the politics of movement and camps at Calais. Citizenship Studies 15 (1): 1-19.

Recommended:

Campesi, Giuseppe. 2015. Hindering the deportation machine. An ethnography of power and resistance in immigration detention. Punishment and Society 17 (4): 427-453.

Yun Suh’s 2009 City of Borders.