CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Porté Seminar Room (S250)
In Islands of Sovereignty, anthropologist and legal scholar Jeffrey S. Kahn offers a new interpretation of the transformation of US borders during the late twentieth century and its implications for our understanding of the nation-state as a juridical and political form. Combining ethnography—in Haiti, at Guantánamo, and alongside US migration patrols in the Caribbean—with in-depth archival research, Kahn expounds a nuanced theory of liberal empire’s dynamic tensions and its racialized geographies of securitization. An innovative historical anthropology of the modern legal imagination, Islands of Sovereignty forces us to reconsider the significance of the rise of the current US immigration border and its relation to broader shifts in the legal infrastructure of contemporary nation-states across the globe.
Jeffrey S. Kahn, Harvard Academy Scholar (2013–2015), The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis.
Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London.
Sally Engle Merry, Silver Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University.
Ajantha Subramanian, Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies; Chair, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.
Immigration Initiative at Harvard Department of Anthropology Department of African and African American Studies
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S030
"Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War"
Annette Idler, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program. Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
Robert Bates, Faculty Associate (emeritus). Eaton Research Professor of the Science of Government, Emeritus, Department of Government; Professor of African and African American Studies, Emeritus, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.
Jacqueline Bhabha, Faculty Associate. Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population; Director of Research, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School.