Exile and Deportation in Global Perspective "A Vision of Revolution”

Country: USA

City: Rochester

Abstr. due: 15.12.2014

Dates: 02.04.15 — 04.04.15

Area Of Sciences: Political science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: bnl@rit.edu

Organizers: College of Liberal Arts Rochester Institute of Technology


Exile and deportation have a long, complex, and intertwined legacy. The forced removal of groups from their homelands and the coerced expatriation of individuals operate as two edges of a single political weapon. States and state agents throughout world history have employed deportation and exile. While the articulations of exile have changed over time, it remains relevant today as part of the international political landscape in both its state-sanctioned and self-imposed manifestations. And whereas forced deportations of entire communities clearly breach international law, regional, bilateral, and internal conflicts produce a steady stream of removals. Refugees, fugitives, asylum-seekers, expats, émigrés – the dual artifices of exile and deportation inhabit our lives today in myriad forms.

Historical and contemporary manifestations of exile and deportation constitute aliens/emigrés as illegal and expendable. Today, exile and deportation are situated at the transnational intersection of migration policy and criminal justice. Removal – a common legal euphemism for state-enacted deportation – has emerged as a deceptively benign technique for extricating problematic noncitizens and citizens from national and domestic contexts. The banality of such terms conceals the systemic violence visited on individuals, families, communities, and the very law itself.

Continuing an engaging interdisciplinary analytical tradition begun in 2011, the fourth Conable Conference in International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology will examine the political, social, cultural, economic, philosophical, and geographical dimensions of the intentional employment of deportation and exile in historical, comparative, and contemporary perspective. The conference seeks to understand the uses and implications of exile and deportation as political tools throughout history, the present, and into the future, across the globe. It will focus particularly on the ideological, philosophical, and (il)legal and quasi-legal underpinnings of exile strategies, land dispossession, corporate displacement, and deportation policies, and the consequences of exile and deportation for states, for victims and survivors, and their families, and communities.

The conference encourages scholarly papers on any aspect of the history, present, and future of exile and deportation including (but not limited to):

  • The political, ideological, and philosophical underpinnings of exile.

  • Exile as punishment.

  • Legal genealogies of deportation and exile.

  • Communities of exile.

  • Effects of exile on those left behind.

  • Exile and colonialism.

  • Deportation and communication.

  • Displacement and land dispossession.

  • Experiences of living as a political expatriate.

  • Role of Corporations and Private Enterprise in displacement.

  • Returns of exiles/deportees.

  • Deportation, exile and death.

Conference Web-Site: rit.edu/conable