Monday, 13 March 2017

Deport Deprive Extradite: State Extremism and Expulsion

Speakers include Arun Kundnani, Rafia Zakaria, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Luke De Noronha, Arzu Merali and Nisha Kapoor.

In the spiralling forms of state-led violence that mark the current moment we are witnessing the intensification of powers to expel people in various ways. We see this through the expansion and routinisation of deportation programmes, through the investments in modes of incarceration and through the retraction and deprivation of citizenships. The legitimation and enhancement of such forms of state violence pivot around the construction of unruly and threatening subjects; racialized bodies that in the context of the War on Terror are fronted through politicized representations of Muslims, blacks, refugees and immigrants as terrorist suspects.

It is arguably in these most extreme cases - of those identified and surveilled as terrorist suspects and foreign criminals - that we see most clearly how state powers are being enhanced. In this workshop we aim to explore and unpack the stories of those who are criminalised and dehumanised through the War on Terror, reflect on the implications of this, consider the processes and techniques that the state is using to expel undesired subjects and what they indicate about the nature of the security state in the current moment

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