Upcoming Event

Ayelet Shachar

presents

The Shifting Border:
Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
27
Friday
March 27, 2020
3:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome AYELET SHACHAR—Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity—for a discussion of her latest book, The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility.

About The Shifting Border

The border is one of the most urgent issues of our times. We tend to think of a border as a static line, but recent bordering techniques have broken away from the map, as governments have developed legal tools to limit the rights of migrants before and after they enter a country's territory. The consequent detachment of state power from any fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border, an adjustable legal construct untethered in space. This transformation upsets our assumptions about waning sovereignty, while also revealing the limits of the populist push toward border-fortification. At the same time, it presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink states' responsibilities to migrants. This book proposes a new, functional approach to human mobility and access to membership in a world where borders, like people, have the capacity to move.

Praise for The Shifting Border

"Starting where The Birthright Lottery ends, in this new path-breaking work, Ayelet Shachar makes visible recently developed border regimes that defy settled notions of territory and human rights, constituting a new level of control and global inequality. Both her empirical and her normative analyses are innovative and rich, an exemplar of profound scholarship. In dialogue with a superb group of experts, the complex dimensions of shifting borders are further elucidated. A great achievement." —Rainer Forst, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt

Ayelet Shachar
Ayelet Shachar

Ayelet Shachar

Ayelet Shachar is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto.

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Event Series: Ethics in Your World

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