Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
UCI School of Law, Law 3500 401 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92697
Sherally Munshi, Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, will discuss her forthcoming chapter, “Immigration,” in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities.
Abstract: In legal scholarship on immigration, as in public discourse, we often take for granted the normative and conceptual priority of nation-state borders—as though borders were here first, migrants came second. But, of course, people have been migrating since long before the establishment of nation-state borders. European imperialism was sustained by mass migration. The British imperial system consisted of both the voluntary migration of colonial settlers and administrators and the involuntary or forced migration of enslaved Africans, Asian “coolies,” criminal convicts. This essay seeks to reframe the study of immigration law in the United States by displacing the contentional framework of the nationstate, through which questions about immigration law and policy are raised, and replacing it with an expanded framework of “the imperial.”
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