Before the border: Visibility and invisibiIizing

Date and time
15 March 2017 at 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Svarta havet
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Based on fieldwork among illegalized migrants this lecture offers a narrative of the double nature of borders and looks into the production of visibility and invisiblizing.

Today, people with a surplus of mobility rights cross borders gloriously as an honourable act in the spirit of globalism and cosmopolitanism ­ while those without papers do it through invisiblising themselves; i.e. becoming invisibilised as human beings and becoming visibilised as ”thing-like”. This creates a dialectical tension between the migrant who should be invisiblised in order to be able to cross the border and the border’s visibility which exhibits the law and state sovereignty.

Shahram Khosravi is a writer and Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.

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Master's programme in Visual Communication

Updated: 7 March 2017