Event Date: 23 February 2017
Chelsea Lecture Theatre
University of the Arts London
John Islip Street
London, SW1P 4JU
Professor Étienne Balibar (Kingston) – The Multiple and Shifting Borders of Europe
The construction of a supra-national political entity in Europe, over the last 60 years, followed by its process of rapid disintegration, have demonstrated both the importance of the question of borders and the radical mutation that they are now undergoing. Borders articulate ‘security, territory and populations’, to put it in Foucauldian terms. They crystallize what Schmitt called a ‘law of the earth’, which has simultaneously economic, cultural, political, juridical dimensions. They command the objective and subjective construction of communities, in their mutual interdependency and their image of self. They distribute civility and violence. They articulate citizenship and mobility. This lecture will problematize both this complex institutional tradition and this novelty, which exceeds the simple notion of ‘globalization’, through the example of Europe’s vicissitudes, of which We, ‘the people of Europe’, are spectators, subjects and potential actors.
Introduction by Professor Paul Goodwin (Chelsea):