The Politics of Borders

The Politics of Borders

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HR
Professor Matthew Longo (Leiden University)
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (European Studies Centre, St Antony's)
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (European Studies Centre, St Antony's)
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford), Professor Andrea Ruggieri (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
European Studies Seminar

Join us at the European Studies Centre for a presentation and book launch of: The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security, and the Citizen after 9/11

Borders sit at the center of global politics. Yet they are too often understood as thin lines, as they appear on maps, rather than as political institutions in their own right. This book takes a detailed look at the evolution of border security in the United States after 9/11. Far from the walls and fences that dominate the news, it reveals borders to be thick, multi-faceted and binational institutions that have evolved greatly in recent decades. The book contributes to debates within political science on sovereignty, citizenship, cosmopolitanism, human rights and global justice. In particular, the new politics of borders reveal a sovereignty that is not waning, but changing, expanding beyond the state carapace and engaging certain logics of empire.

Matthew Longo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. He received a PhD from Yale University in 2014, and was the Clayman Junior Research Fellow in Politics and Political Ideas at Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University, 2014-2017. He is the recipient of the Leo Strauss Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Political Philosophy, given by the American Political Science Association.

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