Lesvos, Greece

Moderated by Heath Cabot (University of Pittsburgh)

Seeing from the Sea - Miriam Ticktin, The New School
Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity. Ticktin is currently at work on two related book projects: 1) a short book on innocence as a political concept, and how it produces an unending search for purity; 2) a book on practices of containment and sorting at the border, looking at sites such as border walls, spaces of quarantine and ports. As part of this, she is eager to think about sorting and the sea.

Atlas of the Sea - Elisa Kim, Smith College

Elisa Kim is an Assistant Professor of Art at Smith College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in energy and environmental policy from Boston University and a Master of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Kim's research combines methodologies from environmental policy with architectural drawing and representation to engage a wide set of concerns about the environment, borders and boundaries. Her current oceanic mappings question the agency of the line and the illusion of the fixity of the map as an outlined artifact delineating cultural, political and social bodies from one another.

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