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Borders, Territory and Rights: Changing Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility

30. June 2022 - 1. July 2022

International Research Workshop
June 30 – July 1, 2022
Organized by Seyla Benhabib and Ayelet Shachar

De-territorialization measures enable states to create not only lawless zones but also “rightless subjects.” How can we prevent this erosion of rights-protection and the transformation of migrants into abject subjects?

Ayelet Shachar proposes that we stretch our political imagination and legal apparatus to “rein in” countries, for instance, by creating a link between the exercise of border-control powers and rights-protection mechanisms irrespective of where the encounter occurs between the migrant and state authority, in effect having “rights follow the (shifting) border.” Seyla Benhabib asks members of the demoi to adopt a more radically cosmopolitan perspective that at once acknowledges their own responsibility in generating migratory movements while also focusing on more regional and local institutions of refugee admittance, entry and integration. This combination of institutional and democratic possibilities opens up new routes for resistance and claims making in a world of shifting borders and cosmopolitanism without illusions.

This workshop celebrates the creation of the Leibniz Research Group “Transformations of Citizenship” directed by Ayelet Shachar. The group focuses on questions of citizenship, migration, democratic inclusion, and the relationship between im/mobility and global inequality.

For further information please contact: office-shachar@uni-frankfurt.de or check out the following website https://citizenship.uni-frankfurt.de/

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

10:00 – 10:30
Welcome and opening remarks by Seyla Benhabib and Ayelet Shachar

Panel 1. RIGHTS: Rethinking national and international human rights protection
Chair: Ayelet Shachar

10:30 – 11:30
Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA), “Reflections on the Relationship Between Refugee Protection and Immigration Policy”
Michael Doyle (Columbia University), “When States Cannot Protect their Citizens from the Climate: Climate Induced Migrants and the Protection of Forced Migrants in the Model International Mobility Convention”

11:45 – 12:45
Cathryn Costello (Hertie School), “Flight from Ukraine, Group Protection and Equality between Refugees”
Paul Linden-Retek (University at Buffalo), “‘Safe Third Country’: A Theory of a Dangerous Concept and the Democratic Ends of International Human Rights”

Panel 2. GOVERNANCE: Democratizing shifting borders
Chair: Benjamin Boudou

14:00 – 15:30  
Svenja Ahlhaus (University of Hamburg), “Invited, Invented, and Inverted Representation of Refugees beyond Sovereign Borders”
Eva-Maria Schäfferle (Goethe University Frankfurt), “Justice and Democracy in Migration: A Demoi-cratic Bridge towards Just Migration Governance”
Frédéric Mégret (McGill University), “Should Refugees be Allowed to Choose Where They Claim Asylum?”

16:00 – 17:00  
Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford College), “Three responses to shifting borders: Sovereigntism, cosmopolitanism, and the Watershed Model”
Elizabeth Cohen (Syracuse University), “Temporality, Bordering, and the Rights of People Seeking Refuge”

Friday, July 1, 2022

Panel 3. TERRITORY: Reconceptualizing the geography of states
Chair: Seyla Benhabib

10:00 – 11:30  
Nishin Nathwani (Yale University), “The Materiality of Territory”
Matthew Longo (Leiden University), “Against Gulliver: Linear Borders, Territoriality and the Problem of Naturalness”
Itamar Mann (University of Haifa), “What is maritime legal thinking?”

11:45 – 12:45  
Dana Schmalz (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), “The role of proximity for states’ obligations towards persons seeking protection”
Marcus Carlsen Häggrot (Goethe University Frankfurt), “Deterritorialised Legislatively Constituencies: A Conditional Defence”

Panel 4. BORDERS: Tracing transnational power relations
Chair: Eva-Maria Schäfferle

14:00 – 15:00
Anna Jurkevics (University of British Columbia), “Private Borders, Hidden Territories”
Sibel Karadağ (Koç University), “Degrees of Temporality, Cycles of Mobility: The Case of Turkey”

15:15 – 16:45  
Marie-Eve Loiselle (University of Toronto), “UNHCR and Biometrics: Refugees’ Rights in a Legal No-man’s Land?”
Ayten Gündoğdu (Barnard College), “On the Lawful Lawlessness of Borders: Rethinking Extra-territorialization as a Technique of Racialized Governance”
E. Tendayi Achiume (UCLA), To Be Confirmed


30. June 2022
1. July 2022


The Transformations of Citizenship Leibniz Research Group
R. F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
Max Planck Law
Research Centre „Normative Orders“ of Goethe University
Research Initiative “ConTrust: Trust in Conflict – Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty”


Building “Normaive Orders”, Room 5.01
Max Horkheimer Str. 2
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
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