Implicated:World-Making and Border Politics
Anne McNevin
Photo: Macushla Robinson

This project explores the idea of being implicated in enduring forms of violence that manifest in contemporary border security, racialized policing, and the global transfer of carceral technologies.

What worlds become possible when we rethink border politics from the starting point of being implicated? The question arises from an examination of contemporary arenas of social struggle around borders, race and indigeneity. These struggles intersect in ways that are suggestive of other worlds in which state space (sovereign territoriality), state time (progressive and developmental) and associated subjectivities (citizen and alien) are not central organizing frames.

Photo: Macushla Robinson
Photo: Macushla Robinson

Through a close analysis of specific examples that are premised on both co-implication in systemic forms of violence and the reconfiguration of geopolitical norms (the anti-colonial critique of imprisoned refugees, abolitionist experiments within the Movement for Black Lives, and Indigenous passports for migrants) the project reveals an alternative world that is not bound by rigid borderlines as actually existing, albeit in partial and fragmentary forms. It makes a case for more speculative notions of other mobile worlds as thinkable, actual and possible.