Spring 2024 Human Rights GU4975 section 001

Borders, Surveillance, Rights

Borders, Surveillance, Ri

Call Number 14865
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
MPR Riverside Church
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Shourideh Molavi
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This interdisciplinary course grapples with the relationship between borders, surveillance, power and rights, critically examining the ways in which lines, boundaries, and caesuras are drawn among geographical entities, communities, identities, environments, and ultimately, social relations – demarcating self and other, establishing hierarchical relationships and activating infrastructures of violence. This seminar explores the dynamics, contradictions and politics surrounding borders and surveillance, and borrows from the fields of film, architecture, art and urban studies to explore the effect on access to and formulations of human rights. To this end, we engage notions of biopolitics, racialization, exclusion/exception, necropolitics, coloniality, hospitality and securitization, among others. The course also engages visual and spatial methodologies and maps out everyday practices of resistance that seek to challenge, subvert or collapse the multifaceted violence of borders.

Taken together, this course provides an alternative to conventional scholarship on this subject. It engages with and provides an alternative to the mainstream literature to take for granted the inclusive and integrative character of nation-states. At first glance, the course may appear highly theoretical, but not to worry—we will move slowly through the texts and concepts together. The instructor will also ensure that we apply the ideas discussed in class to concrete and tangible case studies with examples given to enable easier access and collective learning.

Web Site Vergil
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 11 students (22 max) as of 3:06PM Saturday, July 20, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number GU4975
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Registration priority: HRSMA and HUMR CC/GS
Section key 20241HRTS4975W001