Stacy Fahrenthold deposited Proseminar in Migration History: Bans and Border Walls in the group Borderlands historians on Humanities Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
In the contemporary discourse on migration, it feels peculiarly seamless to discuss “bans and border walls” in a single breath. However, the global preoccupation with travel restriction and border security must not be taken as an inevitability. States arrive at bans and walls as preferred means of migration control as a result of making specific assumptions about migrants as “threats” to national sovereignty. This course is an intensive reading seminar tracing the history of this global preoccupation with borders, bans, and walls, and with border control in the 20th/21st centuries. Students will read pioneering work in migration restriction, documentary regimes, and the militarization of borders.