South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Walls: What They Make and What They Break

Wed, February 10, 2010

Greetings from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law.

We are pleased to invite you to register for our sixth annual conference. The conference this year will be held in conjunction with the Texas International Law Journal, and will result in the journal’s annual symposium issue.  Entitled “Walls: What They Make and What They Break,” the event will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars from India, Israel, various parts of Europe and the United States who have researched the recent history of walls – made, unmade, in the making – and their consequences on the geographies of nation states and their neighbors, of communities both domestic and international, virtual and everyday. The conference is designed to build on the work of the Rapoport Center’s Border Wall Working Group and its investigation into the human rights impact of the US-Mexico border wall.

Wendy Brown, professorof political science at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 25.  The conference will continue throughout the day on Friday.  All events will be held in the Eidman Courtroom of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  The schedule is pasted at the bottom of this email.

This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute, South Asia Institute, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies.

You can learn more about the participants and register by visiting the conference website. This event is free and open to the public.  Because space is limited at parts of the conference (especially the Friday lunch), we would appreciate your registration as soon as possible.
We hope that you will be able to join us for what we are sure will be an exciting and thought-provoking event!
Best wishes,
Karen Engle
Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law & Director
Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton
Austin, Texas 78705

Thursday, February 25, 2010 — Eidman Courtroom, UT School of Law

6:00 p.m.   Welcoming Remarks: Karen Engle and Barbara Harlow, University of Texas   
6:10–7:45 p.m.   Keynote Address Introductory Remarks: Gretchen Ritter, University of Texas Keynote address
Wendy Brown, Emanuel Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley Discussion moderated by Gretchen Ritter

Friday, February 26, 2010 — Eidman Courtroom, UT School of Law

8:00-8:55 a.m.   Breakfast and Registration   
9:00–11:00 a.m.   "Why Walls are Built " Panelists:
Moderator: Willy Forbath, University of Texas
Andy Clarno, University of Illinois at Chicago
Philomila Tsoukala, Georgetown University
Ranabir Samaddar, Calcutta Research Group
11:00–11:10 a.m.   Break   
11:15 a.m. –12:45 p.m.   "How Walls Function" Panelists:
Moderator: Kamran Ali, University of Texas
Thomas Hansen, University of Amsterdam and Columbia University
Hilary Josephs, Syracuse University
Fernando Lara, University of Texas
12:50–1:50 p.m.   Lunch   
2:00–4:00 p.m.   "Who Litigates over Walls " Panelists:
Moderator: Karen Engle, University of Texas
Denise Gilman, University of Texas
Margaret Dorsey, Rio Grande Valley Folklore Archive and University of Texas Pan American
Yishai Blank, Tel-Aviv University
Nuala Mole, Aire Centre
4:00–4:10 p.m.   Break   
4:15–5:45 p.m.   Concluding Reflections: "What Future for Sovereignty and Walls?" Panelists:
Moderator: Barbara Harlow, University of Texas
Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Ranabir Samaddar, Calcutta Research Group
Thomas Hansen, University of Amsterdam and Columbia University
Yishai Blank, Tel-Aviv University
All other panelists participating in the discussion

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