Border Environments sets out to critically investigate the interplay between environmental processes and migration struggles. This two-day programme of talks, projects, screenings, and conversations seeks to outline a conceptual and practical framework for examining how the environment has become an active agent in the making of cross-border mobilities and immobilities.
By addressing a number of key issues—including the weaponisation of semi-natural landscapes in border struggles, the instrumentalisation of conservation projects, and the transformation of ecologies through securitisation—the programme aims to expose the political and material effects of environmental forces in relation to bordering and exclusion.
The programme is organised by the Centre for Research Architecture in collaboration with the Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Thursday 12th May
10:00-10:30 Introduction by Susan Schuppli (Centre for Research Architecture)
10:30-12:30 Juanita Sundberg (University of British Columbia)
13:30-14:30 Gabrielle Wolf (University of British Columbia)
14:30-15:30 Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro (The School of Mutants) with screening of OVERTIME, 2019 + Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan with screening of Habitat 2190, 2019
16:00-18:00* Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan) in conversation with Avi Varma (Centre for Research Architecture)
Friday 13th May
10:00-11:30 Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck School of Law)
11:30-13:00 Uriel Orlow (Westminster School of Arts)
14:00-15:30* ‘Shifting Geographies’ panel, with Dele Adeyemo, Andrea Bagnato, Sara Frikech and moderated by Marina Otero Verzier
15:30-17:00* Border Ecologies Network
* These parts of the programme are livestreamed. Zoom links are shared on this page in the days before the event.