Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dr. Michael Gordon
This lecture explores the theoretical and empirical developments in the study of borders, migration, and belonging in the global context. Borders are a ubiquitous phenomenon in a globalized world. Despite promises of globalization ushering in a highly mobile and borderless world, there has been a multiplication, evolution and changing dynamics in the various manifestations in the border and the impact on human mobility. Borders operate to demarcate territory and sovereign authority while also regulating the movement of people and capital through the reproduction and reinforcement of various forms of division. The border is a space where we can see the visible manifestations of state power, authority and the ability to exert control over different populations. Examining the border is a valuable opportunity to analyze the unequal access to individual mobility, often divided along gendered, classed and racialized lines. This lecture will explore the border in a wide range of contexts including, the emergence of the global bordering regime, humanitarianism, and the refugee and asylum seeking process.
Michael Gordon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC). His research broadly surrounds irregularized migration and the externalization of European border controls, with a particular focus on the acts of solidarity through the work of civil society Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. These research interests coalesce around the theoretical intersections between sovereignty, solidarity, forced migration and borders at the supposed margins of the Global North. Michael holds a PhD in International Relations from McMaster University and an MA in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo. Currently, he serves as a Co-Editor of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.