Borderland Vigilance: re-conceptualising borders in comparative perspective

Workshop on July 19-20, 2022 @LMU_Muenchen (hybrid event) organised by @sfb_1369 Cultures of Vigilance. Please register online via eventbrite.



Borderlands are places where antithetical elements mix and combine in unexpected ways, where people face choices about how to place themselves in relation to often fluid boundaries which are meant to keep people apart but which they nevertheless cross, and where nationhood and citizenship may be displayed and called into question. We will discuss the vigilant and watchful behavior that ordinary people incorporate into their everyday lives to deal with living in borderland contexts in which their own belonging may be denied; how borderland subjects attempt to transform their social reality individually and collectively through actions that assert belonging, and how subjects are shaped in parallel both with political projects assert the primacy of borders and those that question them.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our two-day workshop, Borderland Vigilance: Reconceptualising borders in comparative perspective, at LMU München on 19th-20th July.

The event is free and you are welcome to join in person or virtually. To register, please visit

Conveners: Jonathan Alderman (LMU München), Eveline Dürr (LMU München), Catherine Whittaker (Goethe University Frankfurt)



Day 1 (19th July)

IBZ Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft München e.V. (Amalienstraße 38 • 80799 München)

13.30 – 14.00: Registration

14.00 – 14.30: Welcome

14.30 – 16.30: Panel 1

Aimee Joyce (University of St Andrews) “Watching your Neighbours, Surveilling the Past: Negotiating conviviality on the Polish/Belarussian border”

Justyna Szymańska (University of Warsaw) “Future Makers at the Shifting Border. Activism and civic engagement in Donbas region.”

Anna Casaglia (University of Trento) “Epidermal Politics: Control, Violence and Dissent at the Biometric Border”

Panel chair: Irene Goetz (LMU)

16.30 – 17.00: Coffee break

17.00 – 19.00: Panel 2

Roberto Hernández (SDSU) “Epistemic and Cartographic Disobedience to the Prison of Modernity/Coloniality”

Alex Gómez (SDSU) “US-Mexican Border Cinema”

Rihan Yeh (UCSD) - “Dis/appearance: Refractions of Surveillance around Illicit Border-Crossing (Tijuana, Mexico)”

Panel chair: Alessandro Rippa (LMU)

19.30: Dinner


Day 2 (20th July)

Geschwister-Scholl-Pl. 1 , M 001 Hör-/Lehrsaal

14.30 – 15.30 Keynote: Jussi Laine (University of Eastern Finland) “Reconceptualising Borders: a multidisciplinary perspective”

15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00: Panel 3

Alena Zelenskaia (LMU) “The Effects of Externalized Border Control Management by Germany on Marriage Migrants from Third Countries”

Michelle Téllez (University of Arizona) “Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect”

Jonathan Alderman, Eveline Dürr (LMU), Catherine Whittaker (Goethe University, Frankfurt) “Watchfulness in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”

Panel chair: TBC

18.00 – 18.30: Coffee break

18.30 – 19.30: Round table: “Fluid belonging, movement, mobility and vigilance in borderlands”

Avital Binah-Pollak (Technion: Israel Institute of Technology), Fabio Santos (FU, Berlin)


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