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Abolition Democracy 12/13: Abolish Borders
Professors Seyla Benhabib, Joseph Carens, Paulina Ochoa Espejo and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss “Migration as Decolonization” by E. Tendayi Achiume, “We Refugees” by Hannah Arendt, “The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention? Dilemmas of Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Human Rights” by Seyla Benhabib, and On Borders: Territories, Legitimacy, and the Rights of Place by Paulina Ochoa Espejo.

Apr 1, 2021 06:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Seyla Benhabib
Seyla Benhabib is the James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and was Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics from 2002 to 2008. She was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07 and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1995. She has previously taught at the New School for Social Research and Harvard Universities, where she was Professor of Government from 1993-2000 and Chair of Harvard’s Program on Social Studies from 1996-2000. She has been Adjunct Faculty in Law at the Yale Law School since 2007 for a total of seven terms, co-teaching courses on human rights, sovereignty, cosmopolitanism and European legal debates on citizenship and migration with Professors Robert Post and Alec Stone Sweet.
Joseph Carens
Professor Joseph H. Carens is Professor Emeritus, formerly Professor of Political Science, at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Culture, Citizenship, and Community, which won the 2002 C. B. Macpherson Award, and of Equality, Moral Incentives and the Market. He has written for the Boston Review, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, and many other journals. His research interest is contemporary political theory, and his current focus is on markets and justice.
Paulina Ochoa Espejo
Paulina Ochoa Espejo is an Associate Professor of Political Science. She works at the intersection of democratic theory and the history of political thought, and she is interested in questions about popular sovereignty and borders. She has written about populism, the boundaries of the demos, immigration and the right to exclude, the relation between democracy and territorial rights, the moral relevance of borders and border control. She is also interested in Latin American Political Thought.