In the wake of the Border Crossing Symposium organized at MIT in 2012, the MIT Borders Research Initiative (sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section, and the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies), PRESAGE Sciences Po, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia gather their forces to study identities, kinship, citizenship, and the sense of belonging across national borders. This unique collaboration will offer top-notch expertise on one of the most important question of our times: citizenship and identity in a global era.
The Global Borders Research Collaboration (GBRC) aims to study how categories evolve in a context of intense flows of people, goods, and cultural references. GBRC will question widely used notions today such as globalization, transnationalization, and internationalization. GBRC calls out for new intellectual approaches to the enduring questions of citizenship, migration, and defining the borders of national belonging.
Scholars from our three institutions will develop joint research projects in a multidisciplinary perspective. We are particularly interested in studying how issues related to gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, are combined with culture and language, and how this very combination constantly changes, and weighs on the production and implementation of law itself: civil status, antidiscrimination law, citizenship, marriage, filiation, healthcare regulations, to name but a few themes
About 30 faculty, and students will discuss their research and explore axes of future collaborations. In 2015, we will launch a second phase around thematic projects (including new workshops at MIT, and Columbia New York). This phase will lead to long-term exchanges, joint publications (paper, and open-access, web-base format) and the production of new tools for analyzing border crossing. We also hope to extend our collaboration to other partner universities.
Catherine Clark (MIT). Paris Liberation: the visual borders of national identities.
Elodie Nowinski (Sciences Po). Fashion, Exoticism, and the Cultural Making of Nationality
Amah Edoh (MIT). Creating Value Across Borders: Dutch designers, Togolese consumers, and the cloth they love
Christopher Capozzola (MIT). Citizenship and the Colonial Veteran in the United States and France, 1945-2009
Paul Schor (University of Paris 7). External and internal borders in the US census in a historical perspective (1790-1940)
Lerna Ekmekcioglu (MIT). The Republic of Paradox: the “new” Turkey and its step-citizens
Hélène Thiollet (Sciences Po). Migration and Asylum in the Middle East: the Consequences of the Arab Spring and Beyond
Kyoko Kusakabe (Asian Institute of Technology). Borderland as Friction of Terrain: creating spaces for social reproduction of cross border migrant women workers in Thailand
Heather Lee (MIT). Migration Oriented Businesses and the Spread of Chinese Restaurants in New York City, 1915-1943
Réjane Sénac (Sciences Po). Parity and Diversity in Contemporary France: Equality in Question
Maxime Forest (Sciences Po). Institutionalizing Intersectionality? Blurring borders in the realm of EU anti-discrimination policies
Karoline Postel Vinay (Sciences Po). Narratives of Borders Between Universalism and Nationalism. The Iron Curtain, Panmunjom and the case of 'comfort women'
Yasmine Ergas (Columbia). Babies without Borders: citizenship between filiation and rules of origin in the era of globalized reproduction
David Paternotte (Université Libre de Bruxelles). National Identity in Pro- and Anti-Gay Marriage Movements in Europe.
Malick Ghachem (MIT). Immigrants, Empire, and Gay Marriage: a comparison of the American and French paths to legalization
Benjamin Boudou (Sciences Po). The Concept of Hospitality in Political Thought
Laurence Roulleau-Berger (CNRS, ENS Lyon). Rethinking the Question of Migration : multisituated inequalities, individuation and struggle for respect
Catherine de Wenden (Sciences Po). Should We Have to Open Borders? A Global Approach
Patrick Weil (CNRS / Yale). The Paradoxes of Citizenship as Human Right
Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School). Branding the Dream. Barack Obama and the Politics of Racial Neoliberalism