Theory of The Border – Talk And Book Signing By Thomas Nail

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When?  Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.

Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

Despite — and perhaps because of — increasing global mobility, there are more types of borders today than ever before in history.

Borders of all kinds define every aspect of social life in the twenty-first century. From the biometric data that divides the smallest aspects of our bodies to the aerial drones that patrol the immense expanse of our domestic and international airspace, we are defined by borders. They can no longer simply be understood as the geographical divisions between nation-states.

Rather than viewing borders as the result or outcome of pre-established social entities like states, University of Denver philosopher Thomas Nail reinterprets  history from the perspective of the continual and constitutive movement of the borders that organize and divide society in the first place. Societies and states are the products of bordering, Nail argues, not the other way around. Applying his original movement-oriented theoretical framework, which he calls “kinopolitics”, to several major historical border regimes (fences, walls, cells, and checkpoints), Theory of the Border pioneers a new methodology of “critical limology,” that provides fresh tools for the analysis of contemporary border politics.

Thomas Nail is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015), Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Between Deleuze and Foucault (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

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