Back to back events on Migrants and Deportation, Tuesday, April 12

Aeroplanes and Deportation @ 6pm

The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School presents a lecture by Wiliam Walters entitled “Aeroplanes and Deportation.”

There can be no expulsion without the trains, planes, buses and ships that states use to transport deportees across borders and territories. There can be no deportation without an assortment of guards, pilots, doctors, human rights observers and other experts charged with overseeing these involuntary journeys. Yet curiously, the actual mechanisms of moving, escorting and expressing the deportee have been largely overlooked in studies of contemporary deportation. In this presentation Walters calls for studies of migration, borders and deportation to bring the authorities, practices and infrastructures of transportation more fully into the research frame. He focuses on one particular modality of deportation: removing people by aircraft. Drawing on examples from the UK experience, Walters map some key features of what he calls “air deportation”. Walters argues that this mapping does more than merely fill in a missing piece of the puzzle. It also offers theoretical insight concerning two aspects of the politics of expulsion: the place of corporeality in the power relations of forced movement, and the complex play of visibility and invisibility that characterizes migration control as well as its contestation.

William Walters is a professor of political sociology at Carleton University, Canada, where he is cross-appointed in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology. His areas of interest are contemporary political and spatial theory, especially the political thought of Michel Foucault; studies of citizenship and non-citizenship; borders, migration and security research; and the politics of publics and secrecy. He is co-editor of the book series Mobility & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan). His most recent book is Governmentality: Critical Encounters (Routledge 2012), the Japanese translation of which is forthcoming in 2016.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, University Center, UL105,

63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
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Immediately followed by…

Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidarity @ 7:30pm

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) at The New School is happy to present Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidaritya conversation with esteemed Hungarian writer and performer Peter Zilahy on the European migration crisis and its implications in European society.   Please join us Tuesday, April 12th, from 7:30-9pm at The New School, Wolff Conference Room, 6 E 16th st., Rm 1103. For more information please visit our website: 

Peter Zilahy is one of Hungary’s most exciting, diverse writers. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe has been translated into 22 languages. It has won multiple awards, among them ‘The Book of the Year Prize’ in Ukraine where it directly influenced the Orange Revolution. Zilahy also did a Moth Mainstage Show at Symphony Space and he was recently on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN.

Tuesday, April 12th, 7:30-9pm

@ The New School

Wolff Conference Room, Rm 1103, 6 E 16th St. New York, NY


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