On Sunday afternoon, Wesleyan students joined over 1,000 protesters at Bradley International Airport in The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Connecticut‘s protest against President Trump‘s Executive Order banning Muslim immigrants from 7 countries and halting immigration from Syria.
The President signed the order at 4:42 PM on Saturday, January 28th, to the dismay of millions of people worldwide. Just before 9 PM on Saturday, a federal judge ruled to block parts of the Executive Order preventing some of those detained from being immediately deported. However, the ruling failed to free those detained as a result of the ban, leaving many travellers unable to leave the airport or government custody despite having proper green cards and visas.
Modern societies can’t function without states, right?
…Or can they?
From Daniel Schniedewind ’11:
James Scott, Professor of Anthropology and Political Science and Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale, will be discussing Zomia, a rugged “transnational Appalachia” which stretches from Vietnamese highlands to the Tibetan plateau. Scott argues that Zomia embodies the largest region remaining in the world today whose peoples have not been fully incorporated into nation states. This, according to his provocative and persuasive argument, is the result of conscious efforts to resist projects of valley-based state formation over many centuries.
This talk will be a powerful exploration of everyday resistance and self-governance with profound implications for our understanding of our own modernity.