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“Nationalism and the Transformation of Land into Sovereign Territory” from the The Center for Biographical Research

“Nationalism and the Transformation of Land into Sovereign Territory”

Cosponsored by Hamilton Library, the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, History, Ethnic Studies, and Anthropology, the Asian Studies Program, and the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program

THIS THURSDAY, April 8 at 12PM to 1:15PM (HST) on Zoom
Meeting ID: 956 2262 6295
Password: 881951
Meeting link: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/95622626295


Claims to having a special relationship to land or place currently ground indigenous (and all other) national sovereignty movements. In this talk, I discuss how ideas of nationhood and demands for sovereignty transform people's means of subsistence - land, water, and air - into the territory of a nationally sovereign state and, in the process, territorialize, and depoliticize, the link between a limited, often racialized, group of people and a certain place. In the process, those regarded as members of the “nation” come to see themselves as the “people of a place” and see those who are not their co-nationals as “people out of place." I discuss this in the context of the contemporary, often violent, political separation of people categorized as either Natives or as Migrants across our shared planet.


Nandita Sharma is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the planetary commons. She is the author of Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (Duke University Press, 2020). Nandita is Professor of the Sociology Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.


Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Time Zone:
Hawaii (change)
Zoom Room

Event Organizer

Brian Richardson

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