"Undocumented": Belonging and Exclusion in the Age of Transnationalism

Sat, May 6, 2017, 8:30 am to Sun, May 7, 2017, 2:00 pm

Conference Description (Click here for program):

What does it mean for increasing numbers of people to be undocumented? This conference addresses the political, historical, philosophical, and sociological dimensions of an “undocumented” status. We are interested in: the historical roots of citizenship, especially as related to the rise of nation states; the obligations that citizens should contemplate in relation to non-citizen residents; the mobilizing strategies being pursued by activists, advocates, and immigrants themselves; the philosophical and legal foundations of sanctuary movements and other institutional responses; the kind of enforcement non-citizen immigrants are facing as they resist; the larger migrant and refugee crises gripping the world; and the rise of ethno-racial and nationalist resentment and backlash against immigrants, migrants, and refugees.   

Faculty Sponsors: Desmond Jagmohan (Department of Politics) and Patricia Fernández-Kelly (Department of Sociology)

Organized by: PIIRS Research Community: Peoples and Cultures Across Borders and co-sponsored by the Center for Migration and Development

A71, Louis A. Simpson International Building