CRS Seminar: Migrants Unbound : Insurrectional Migrancy in a Globalized World

October 12, 2017 @ 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3K 1P3
Michele Millard

Guest speaker: Nevzat Soguk

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 This talk explores the radical transformative politics manifested in what can be called “insurrectional migratory movements.” Mix-migrant populations composed of refugees, asylum seekers, forced migrants, economic migrants, and exiles fuel the insurrectional exhilarations of human displacement, particularly in the proverbial “West”. I define insurrectional movements broadly as those movements that have shown extraordinary capacities to pressure “modernity” as the single hegemonic measure for political authenticity, social order and governmental conduct. I characterize contemporary migrant movements as insurrectional in terms of a surging politics of normative defiance vis a vis the “modern territorial mode” as the hegemonic measure, hence as a total ideology, regulating and organizing politics around the world. I hope to show how migrant movements pressure the modern territorial order of citizen/nation/state in favour of another order yet to be articulated.

Nevzat Soguk is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). He was formerly the Deputy Director of Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University in Australia. At the University of Hawaii, Manoa, he served as the Chair of Political Science from August 2009 to January 2012. During his UHM years, he has published two single author books, States and States and Strangers: Refugees and Displacements of Statecraft and Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism. He is the editor or co-editor of four other books including the latest Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations, co-edited with Scott Nelson of Virginia Tech in 2016. In 2016, he also edited the special issue of Globalizations journal on “Insurrectional Politics.” The issue was recently released by Routledge as a book under the title of Global Insurrectional Movements.

This event is free, but RSVPs are required: