Border Ennvironments: The entangled politics of ecology and migration

– organised by the Centre for Research Architecture (London)
in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam)

12 - 13 May 2022
Goldsmiths College, London

The ​​Border Environments roundtable programme sets out to critically examine the ways in which environmental systems become active agents in the management and control of migrant bodies and their modes of circulation, resulting in violent and even deadly consequences. Over the two-days of the programme we will address a number of urgent issues including the weaponisation of semi-natural landscapes in border struggles, the role of conservation projects and nature reserves in demolishing migrant camps, and the transformation of ecologies into tactical security regimes.

Join us in exploring the political and material effects of environmental forces in bordering practices in order to generate a broader conversation around these pressing issues.


Thursday 12th May 2022
10:00-10:30 Introduction by Susan Schuppli (CRA)
10:30-12:30 Juanita Sundberg (University of British Columbia)
13:30-14:30 Gabrielle Wolf (University of British Columbia)
14:30-15:30 screening session: Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro (The School of Mutants), OVERTIME + Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan, Habitat 2190
16:00-18:00 Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan) + conversation with Avi Varma (*)


Friday 13th May 2022
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 moderated by Marina Otero Verzier with Dele Adeyemo, Andrea Bagnato and Sara Frikech (*)
15:30-17:00 Border Ecologies Network (Anya Edmond-Pettitt, Tara Plath, Hanna Rullmann, Borbála Soós ...)