Elements of Border and Infrastructure: Water II
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. | Zoom Link
If the fall of empire and colonialism was a moment of worldmaking in the postcolony, water was its frontier. As the imperial network that stretched and connected metropole and colony collapsed, new nations struggled to reconstitute their access to resources across the same seas and oceans. Ports were made and remade, routes of trade, migration, and leisure retraced in new colors, and with them new political forms of nation and empire were born, and born unto them were new challenges to their authority and their place in the world. This panel will ask its participants what it means in the present to define oneself or a polity in relation to a port of call, a body of water, or a naval passage? What does it mean to reject those meanings, to claim the sea, or rather the space between ports, for one’s own? How has the emergence of free trade zones remade the port’s role in worldmaking? What is a pirate’s life these days, anyway?
Please join the Hagop Kevorkian Center for another installment of our series "Elements of Border and Infrastructure." This event will be on the theme of "Water" and will feature a conversation between Jatin Dua (Michigan), Laleh Khalili (Queen Mary Univ. of London), and Nathalie Peutz (NYU-Abu Dhabi), with journalist and Kevorkian Center Visiting Scholar, Atossa Abrahamian (The Nation) as discussant.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here