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Borderlands

Culture, Politics, Law and Earth

Environment and Governance Research Group, UNSW

Subject: Anthropology , Area Studies , Arts & Humanities , Communication Studies , Cultural Studies , Ethics , History , Humanities, Multidisciplinary , International Relations , Law , Literature , Philosophy , Planning & Development , Political Science , Social Sciences, Philosophy & Law , Sociology , Theatre , Urban Studies , Women's Studies

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VOLUME 19 , ISSUE 1 (Apr 2020) - List of articles

Bordering: Creating, contesting and resisting practice

Elise Klein/ Uma Kothari

Abstract Materially and symbolically manifest, borders are shaped by history, politics and power. This second special issue of a two-part series brings together an international collective of authors who presented their papers at a conference on Technologies of Bordering convened by the editors at the University of Melbourne, Australia in July 2019. We invited presentations that critically engage with multiple and varied forms of bordering as expressions of power and oppression, as well as those(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-001

No Friend but the Mountains and Manus prison theory: In conversation

Behrouz Boochani/ Omid Tofighian

Abstract This article is an edited version of a conversation that took place on 4 August 2019 at the State Library of Queensland located on the traditional lands of the Turrbal and Yuggera peoples. This article is part of a series of published conversations between Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian, author and translator (one instalment also includes interlocutors from a 2020 UK tour), about the book No Friend but the Mountains and Manus Prison theory. During the event Behrouz was speaking via(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-002

The implied border mechanisms of Antarctica: Arguing the case for an Antarctic borderscape

Germana Nicklin

Abstract Antarctica is arguably the only geographical territory left on Earth without political borders. Narratives of peace, science and environmental protection in the Antarctic Treaty System drive a collective governance system that avoids border discourse even though physical boundaries exist. This article fills a gap in Antarctic research by exploring the question ‘What borderwork is evident in the Antarctic Treaty System in relation to the construction and maintenance of its physical bound(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-003

Between the land and the sea: Refugee experiences of the lighthouse as a real and symbolic border

Uma Kothari

Abstract In the context of the refugee crisis, seascapes are taking on new dimensions with borders shifting from the shoreline to being redrawn in the water itself. As such, refugees are now crossing waters that have become extended sovereign borders. This is manifest in increased maritime surveillance to prevent refugees arriving by boat and landing on Europe’s and Australia’s shores. In this context, materially and symbolically, lighthouses mark out the space between the sea and land and in so(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-004

Human rights and the borders of the human

M. Anne Brown

Abstract Notions of human rights and the technologies deploying those notions, legally, institutionally, in advocacy and social discourse, enact a tangled knot of contesting and asserting borders. Universalist assertions of human rights seek to transcend national borders, appealing to a wider grasp of the human, but the formal pursuit of rights establishes rights as mutually constitutive with the state. In advocacy, calling on human rights is a way of recognising people’s political, economic and(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-005

Westphalian sovereignty as a zombie category in Australia

Louis Everuss

Abstract State sovereignty is customarily connected to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which it is argued established the ideal of political authority being tied to static geographical containers. While academic scholarship has demonstrated that this ideal fails to account for performative and fluid modes of political power, Westphalian sovereignty remains an influential feature of political discourse. This article argues that Westphalian sovereignty consequently fits Ulrich Beck’s description of (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-006

Colonial borders and hybrid identities: Lessons from the case of Eritrea

Tanja R. Müller

Abstract Colonialism left numerous borders in its wake that subsequently became contested. These colonial borders have often been discussed as artificial, dividing communities, people or ethnicities that otherwise would belong together. Such an interpretation of colonial borders, I argue in this article, overlooks another important aspect of colonial boundaries: their role in creating nations as ‘imagined communities’ who in making reference to such borders can lay claim to a distinct national i(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2020-007

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