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13/13 Seminar Series, Abolition

dateApril 15, 2021 timeThursday, 6:15pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Silhouettes of a small group of people including children emerging from a river

Professors Seyla Benhabib, Joseph Carens, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss "The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention?” by Seyla Benhabib, The Ethics of Immigration (Chapter 11) by Joseph Carens, On Borders by Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and Border & Rule by Harsha Walia.

To prepare for the seminar, please read "Border Regimes in the Age of Covid" by Seyla Benhabib, "Politics, Principles, and Open Borders" by Joseph Carens, "Abolish ICE!" by Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and "Introduction to 12/13 on Borders" by Bernard E. Harcourt, as well as posts from graduate students in the class, including "Open Borders, Then Abolish Them" by Anita Yandle, "The Case for Open Borders" by Cletus Alengah, and "The Specter of Sovereignty" by Hedwig Lieback.

This seminar will also be live streamed on YouTube and the Abolition Democracy 12/13 page.

This event was originally scheduled for April 1, but due to the graduate student strike, we have now rescheduled it for April 15. The strike has now been paused due to the introduction of a third-party mediator, but the negotiations between the union and the university have not fully concluded. In the meantime, please consider supporting the union's solidarity fund.