I only have a few minutes to share some thoughts on a paper I wrote about a people reeling from contempt, injustice and longing for peace, self-determination, and intellectual emancipation. In the briefest of summaries, my article defies reading the Arab uprisings from a decade ago through an ontology of revolution and resistance that relegates […]
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”June Jordan In a discordant world, it may be that the most dissident act is harmony”Angela Marino Let’s face it, the roof is on fire, but our hoses boast only trickles of water. We didn’t have to wait for the crisis of today, or the crisis of last […]
The question of borders and the practice of bordering persist in a world destined for encounters and confrontations. This persistence today bears resemblance to long-standing legacies of coloniality, modernity, and globalization, but it also foregrounds new narratives, aesthetics, and politics of exclusion and dehumanization. Talk of walls, fortresses, boundaries, and deportation has never been a political or philosophical anomaly, but rather a reflection of a particularistic social imaginary, a linear compulsion of epistemic assumptions that sees the world through the logic of hierarchy, classification, difference, and ontological supremacy.
How does your research background shape your present work around borders and migration? We’re all living contingent histories, and that informs the way we see the world. Growing up, I had a fairly secure sense of identity. I was a Moroccan and a Muslim, and there wasn’t much to argue about, initially. A bilingual education, […]