International conference 2018

B/ORDERS IN MOTION - Current Challenges and Future Perspectives

Keynote Lecture by Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna)


The talk will start with a couple of snapshots from developments and conflicts in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2018 in order to conjure up the high stakes of border studies today. The attempt to seal the maritime border performed in particular by the Italian government will be then discussed within a global framework and against the background of recent developments in (critical) border studies. The point will be made that in order to understand even the most exclusionary border policies and regimes there is a need to take into consideration a multiplicity of heterogeneous bordering devices, which prompt and shape wider transformations of political, social, and economic orders. The talk will close with an outline from this point of view of some of the main challenges for border studies in Europe and beyond emerging from the current conjuncture.


Sandro Mezzadra is associate professor at the University of Bologna where he teaches political theory. His scientific interest focuses on citizenship and migration, postcolonial theory, as well as contemporary capitalism and globalization. Professor Mezzadra’s publications have been translated into several languages, among them Spanish, Finnish, Slovenian and Japanese. To his most recent scientific books belong “Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor” (co-authored with Brett Neilson, Duke University Press, 2013) and “In the Marxian Workshops. Producing Subjects” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). A new book by Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, “The Politics of Operations. Excavating contemporary Capitalism” is forthcoming from Duke University Press.
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