De-Bordering the Border:Towards Cosmopolitan Dialogues
This one-day workshop brought together a number of interdisciplinary scholars working on the question of the border. Speakers included Adrian Little (University of Melbourne), Tiziana Toressi (University of Adelaide), Samid Sulliman and Kaya Barry ( Griffith University), Peter Chambers (RMIT), Michele Lobo (Deakin University) and Amelia Hine (Queensland University of Technology), Andrew Burridge ( Macquarie University), Claudia Tazretier (UNSW) and Omid Tofighian, the translator of Behrouz Boochani’s award-winning book, No Friend but the Mountains: Writings From Manus Prison. The covenor Umut Ozguc said the workshop aimed to understand changing nature and location of the border from a multidisciplinary perspective.
“Borders are one of the most important areas in international politics. They are getting incredibly complex with new technologies, high level of displacement and novel security threats such as cyber (in)security. In order to understand the complex nature of borders, we need interdisciplinary dialogues” she said.
The workshop aimed to foster and exchange ideas on whether borders can be thought of from a cosmopolitan perspective. By bringing leading scholars working on climate change, migration, refugee politics, border technologies, and the posthuman borders, this workshop sought to start a cosmopolitan dialogue on new border concepts and methodologies and contribute to a critical political agenda beyond the established ways of understanding territorial borders.
Convenors: Umut Ozguc & Peter Balint