Irregular Migration as Transformative Politics: Insights from Civil Resistance Theory

This seminar explores rising global challenges of irregular migration from different theoretical perspectives, including from migration studies, borders studies, citizenship studies, and civil resistance studies. I argue that civil resistance theory in particular offers a framework for understanding the action dynamics of irregular migration as a catalyst for social change, generating conditions for more global citizenship, as other popular movements in history have expanded the boundaries of political inclusion – from below, often at great cost, and usually in defiance of prevailing interests and expectations.

Readings (available by request, or through UVic Library): 

  • Michael J. Carpenter. 2017. “Civil Resistance Theory I: Unarmed Action,” in Unarmed and Participatory: Palestinian Popular Struggle and Civil Resistance Theory. University of Victoria. Doctoral thesis: 29-54.
  • Michael J. Carpenter. 2019. “Popular Struggle Against the Wall,” in Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and Participatory. New York: Routledge: 61-88.
  • Celikates, Robin. 2018. “Constituent power beyond exceptionalism: Irregular migration, disobedience, and (re)constitution.” Journal of International Political Theory, 15(1): 67-81. DOI: 10.1177/1755088218808311 

Researcher: Michael J. Carpenter is a post-doctoral fellow with Borders in Globalization at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Canada. His work focuses on international relations, political theory, peace and conflict studies, protest movements, participatory governance, democratic theory, and the Middle East.

This seminar will be held on April 9th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. To register (and to request optional readings), please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca

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