Post by: Thomas Nail


Three Theses on Neoliberal Migration and Social Reproduction

1 Mrz , 2019  

Thesis 1: The first thesis argues that the migrant is foremost a socially
constitutive figure. That is, we should not think of the migrant as a
derivative or socially exceptional figure who merely travels between preconstituted states. The movement and circulation of migrants has always played an important historical role ...

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Kinopolitics: Borders in Motion

1 Feb , 2019  

Movement is a common feature of all posthuman systems. In contrast to
essences, forms and structures, which are defined by stasis, immutability,
fixity and anthropocentrism, kinetic systems are defined by their flux,
mobility and circulation. Kinetic systems are not just ‘open’ or ‘closed’ at
their limits but the whole system ...

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Theory of the Border

31 Jan , 2019  

Border circuit: (1) Migrants cross the border. But the border is a junction, a vehicle of harnessed flows. The border acts as a sieve or filter since it allows capital and the global elite to move freely, but, like a yoke, catches the global poor. (2) A flow of migrants ...

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We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant

15 Nov , 2018  

The rhetoric of migrant “invasions” is back again. Donald Trump has recently described the caravan of Central American refugees marching to the US as “an onslaught,” “an assault on our country,” and an “invasion,” repeating the words of Robert Bowers, who shot can killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh Synagogue ...

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Being and Motion

12 Okt , 2018  

Being and Motion thus makes at least three novel and intertwined interventions: it provides (1) an original and systematic ontology of motion alongside (2) the first history of the philosophy of motion in the Western tradition, in relation to (3) the history of its material and practical conditions of inscription. ...

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Is nature continuous or discrete? How the atomist error was born

11 Okt , 2018  

The answer to the central question at the heart of modern science, ‘Is nature continuous or discrete?’ is as radical as it is simple. Space-time is not continuous because it is made of quantum granules, but quantum granules are not discrete because they are folds of infinitely continuous vibrating fields. ...

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Six Theses on the Kinetic Transcendental

17 Sep , 2018  


The transcendental is not a condition of possibility. There is no such thing as a condition of something that is merely possible if there are not already actual things that define the immanent relations of the field to begin with. Transcendental re- lations are therefore extrinsic and not intrinsic.


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Figures of the migrant: Structure and resistance

14 Sep , 2018  

More specifically, however, the primary confusion here is that I included denationalized  refugees in the category of the proletariat when in fact many, but not all, of these refugees did not work. While many worked illegally, there were and are today many refugees who would like to work but cannot ...

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The Political Centrality of the Migrant

15 Aug , 2018  

Political theory in the twenty-first century is at an interesting crossroads where migration has reached such a critical threshold that what seemed to be an exception has now become the rule. The question now is how to understand the rules of this game in a much more adequate way.

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Biopolitics, Documentation


29 Mai , 2018  

At the turn of the century there were more migrants than ever before in recorded history. Today, there are over 1 billion migrants. Each decade the percentage of migrants as a share of total population continues to rise and in the next twenty-five years the rate of migration is predicted ...

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Violence at the Borders: Nomadic Solidarity and Non- Status Migrant Resistance

27 Mai , 2018  

Abstract: This paper argues that borders and violence against migrants no longer takes place exclusively at the geographical space between two sovereign territories. Instead border violence today has become much more normalized and diffused into society itself. An entire privatized industry now capitalizes on the cycle of transporting, incarcerating, hiring, ...

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Biopolitics, Necropolitics


3 Mai , 2018  

… The nomad is the name of themigrant expelled from the territory, the barbarian is the name of the migrant expelled from political status or citizenship, the vagabond is the name of the migrant expelled from the juridical order, and the proletariat is the name of the migrant expelled from ...

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Documentation, NonPolitics

Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari, and Zapatismo

19 Mai , 2017  

We are witnessing today the return of a new theory and practice of revolution. This return, however, takes none of the traditional forms:the capture of the state, the political representation of the party, the centrality of the proletariat, or the leadership of the vanguard. Rather, given the failure of such ...

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Schlagen die Horden gegen die Tore Europas?

29 Jan , 2016  

Die Bewegung der Flüchtlinge und Migranten nach Europa ist keineswegs der Grund der gegenwärtigen Krise –  der Grund ist Europa selbst. Migration gilt heute – und das wird fortdauern – als Grund für alle möglichen Krisen, und das war so seit es menschliche Gesellschaften gibt. In der Tat, menschliche Massenbwegungen ...

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Gosse, Necropolitics

The Hordes Are Banging on the Gates of Europe?

29 Okt , 2015  

The recent increase in movement of refugees and migrants into Europe is not the cause of the current crisis – Europe is. Migration has occurred – and will continue – for all kinds of reasons, as it has since the beginning of human societies. Indeed, mass human movement is not ...

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Necropolitics, NonPolitics

“On Destroying What Destroys You”

10 Okt , 2015  

Thomas Nail is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver and author of The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015) and Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari, and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). His publications can be accessed at:

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