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3-15-2012 Andrew R. Smith

Presentation Archive

Academic Year 2011-2012

Meeting Date: March 15 (Thurs.), 2011, 4:30-6:00PM, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University.

Next event for our year-long theme of Migrancy.

Displaced Persons, Transnational Prison Networks, and Prospects for Global Citizenship

Presenter: Andrew R. Smith, Ph. D.

Dr. Andrew R. Smith is Professor and Graduate Program Head in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Edinboro University, where he also coordinates the web-based Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. He served, for the 1998-99 academic year, as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, and returned there in the summer of 2011 as part of the Fulbright Specialist program. He is a member of the Research Group on Language, Culture and Society at the Center for Doctoral Research, Mohammed V University. He is co-editor (with Lenore Langsdorf) of Recovering Pragmatism's Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty, and the Philosophy of Communication (SUNY Press), and co-author (with Fadoua Loudiy) of the forthcoming book Rights of Speech in Morocco: Rhetorics of Authority and Resistance (Republic of Letters Press).

Title: "Displaced Persons, Transnational Prison Networks, and Prospects for Global Citizenship"

Abstract: This paper will review conceptions of displacement and the implications of being stateless, then address violence and dehumanization in transnational prison networks. It will focus on administrative detention of immigrants in the United States, Europe, Australia, and North Africa (in the aftermath of the Arab Spring). Can new internationally recognized "meaning constellations" (citizens and excluded groups working in concert) be realized through a "jurisgenerative politics," as Seyla Benhabib argues, or are more transgressive means necessary for justice to be served? What are the prospects for a global citizenship regime that challenges the (legal, political, rhetorical) exploitation of "national sovereignty" and "national security" that currently threatens subjects without rights?