Undoing Border Imperialism - Edmonton Book Launch and Discussion with Harsha Walia

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 00:00 to 02:00

Join us and author/activist Harsha Walia for the Edmonton launch of her critically acclaimed and much anticipated book Undoing Border Imperialism.

Undoing Border Imperialism combines academic discourse, lived experiences of displacement, and movement-based practices into an exciting new book. By reformulating immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, it provides the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization. Drawing on the author’s experiences in No One Is Illegal, this work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. The author grounds the book in collective vision, with short contributions from over twenty organizers and writers from across North America.

Books will be available for sale at this event (cash-only), and the author will be available for a book signing following the event.

Praise for Undoing Border Imperialism

“Harsha Walia has played a central role in building some of North America’s most innovative, diverse, and effective new move­ments. That this brilliant organizer and theorist has found time to share her wisdom in this book is a tremendous gift to us all.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

“Border imperialism is an apt conceptualization for capturing the politics of massive displacement due to capitalist neoglobalization. Within the wealthy countries, Canada’s No One Is Illegal is one of the most effective organizations of migrants and allies. Walia is an outstanding organizer who has done a lot of thinking and can write—not a common combination. Besides being brilliantly conceived and presented, this book is the first extended work on immigration that refuses to make First Nations sovereignty invisible.” —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Indians of the Americas and Blood on the Border

“Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism demonstrates that geography has certainly not ended, nor has the urge for people to stretch out our arms across borders to create our communities. One of the most rewarding things about this book is its capaciousness—astute insights that emerge out of careful organizing linked to the voices of a generation of strugglers, trying to find their own analysis to build their own movements to make this world our own. This is both a manual and a memoir, a guide to the world and a guide to the organizer’s heart.” —Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

About Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, anti-racist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist movements and communities for over a decade.

Event Information

This event is free and open to the public.

APIRG is committed to making events accessible to all participants. Sign language interpreting services, realtime captioning or other disability-related services or accommodations can be arranged. Please direct requests to Saima at [email protected] or 780-492-0614 by January 9, 2014.

Childcare, bus tickets, and light snacks will be available.

APIRG is located on Indigenous Territories and explicitly acknowledges that as we work towards identifying, challenging, and addressing intersections of oppression, it is critical to confront the ongoing practices of colonization of indigenous peoples and the land on which we live.

 

Telus Building Room 150
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
Edmonton , AB
Canada
Alberta CA
Saima Butt

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