Event Date
Mar 10, 2022

Radical Kinship Series — Scholars and Artists on Undocumented & Unauthorized Migration

Citizenship, Illegalization, and Insularity
with Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) and Joel Sati (Yale – UC Berkeley)

“Illegalization”: What it is, and why an understanding of it is important. 
In this presentation, Joel Sati draws from personal experiences as an illegalized person and a philosopher of immigration and criminal law to present the concept of “illegalization.” Sati defines “illegalization” as “the dynamic, ongoing social and legal processes that make and remake those who lack status as illegal aliens.” Sati’s talk will focus on the similarities and differences between the criminal law and immigration enforcement while examining the way immigration reform has been impeded by its engagement with notions of criminality.

Citizenship & Insularity
Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta
will expand on their 2019 article “Citizenship’s Insular Cases, from Ancient Greece and Rome to Puerto Rico” to help scholars better understand the geo-specific aspects of citizenship and its relationship to displacement. By drawing from postcolonial literary critics and political theorists, this presentation will troubleshoot the notion of “citizenship” and “insularity.”

The Radical Kinship Series is curated and hosted by CRG’s Arts and Humanities Initiative Research Scholar, Alán Pelaez Lopez.

Series co-sponsored by On the Same Page Program, the Multicultural Community Center, the Undocumented Student Program, and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley.


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