Post by: Thomas Nail


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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