23. Jän 2024
Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società
The discursive construction of borders walls and national identity in the age of populism
Abstract: In this lecture, I will discuss the role of borders as structures of power in contemporary political language in the USA. In particular, I will focus on how the discourse of security traditionally associated with borders (and specifically the US-Mexico border) has incorporated elements of other discourses which are not typically associated with borders. In fact, both the "Trump Wall" and Joe Biden's current border policy are the foci of recontextualised discourses which are originally conceived as outside the traditional securitization of borders and which ultimately reflect (and shape) different ideological imprints and different ways of conceiving national identity through discursive strategies of inclusion and exclusion.