12.10 - Theory Class
The Magic of Borders
- Borders happen
at airports, visa systems, and embassies, they happen within the space of a
passport, they determine where people can go. Bordering happens not in one
“accidental professor” as a migrant, writes from this perspective, bodies that
don’t pass through the borders quickly: people who have to wait, the legalized
- Keshavarz writes
about passports, and borders, the history and how it is part of the larger
border regime. He writes from the DESIGN perspective. The database the customs
- In some
countries if you are born in the country you are a citizen, in others it's not.
In some situations it is just a social distinction.
different experiences with the same passports
- allochtoon and
autochtoon in NL means 3rd generations or lower.
- In NL they
brought migrants to work and then go home, but in the 80s they were allowed to
bring their families, caused racist conflict. Guest to Citizenship status.
- Allowing racism
to be legal, acceptable and law. They can hide behind laws.
- “Borders turn
neighbors to enemies. A short distance becomes far.” How? Checkpoints, waiting
for visas, Mozambique, S.A. or Palestine and Jordan (time)
- Line on a map is
abstract, so is the gate. Borders can be the sea, the mountain or a literal
wall. It deems people to be illegal which makes the border include cells and
- There is a lot
of effort in making it invisible how much control people are under in these
conference, the slicing of Africa.
- Sudan, caused
civil wars for locking two groups of people with opposite ways of living
- “People don’t
understand the world without Borders”- amazing quote
- When did Europe
get borders → Treaty of Westphalia around 1600
- Prior of
colonization, there were Arab words that meant broad zones, where people could
and did switch affiliations when it worked for them. People weren't linked
- When did borders
become something to protect so strictly?
linked to identity? You have to be identified to move outside your country?
- Biodata which is
a countries collection not yours anymore.
- Freedom of
movement for people within EU, at the same time it meant the border AROUND the
EU is more strict, Frontex https://www.frontex.europa.eu
- Seeing photoshop
as a forgery program, Amir Heidari, a migration facilitator
- Crossing borders
illegally means that the person coming in does not have residence rights
- The migration
facilitator taking advantage of people is not always the case
- Choice in
migration conversation, the lie of choice or the lack thereof
- People who
smuggle people out of Communist East Germany to West Germany were seen as
heroes, when those who smuggle people from poor countries are seen as criminals
who take advantage of their own people. - Book “Illegal Traveler”