SSC Seminar Series: Sharry Aiken

“Surveillance and ‘Social Sorting’ at the Canadian Border”

Wednesday, February 2nd
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411
** Please note the day change to Wednesday**

Sharry Aiken
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
Queen’s University

While Canada has deployed interdiction measures aimed to deter "spontaneous arrivals" at the Canadian border for decades, the government's recent response to the arrival of Tamil refugees aboard the "Ocean Lady" and "M.V. Sunsea" along with the introduction of Bill C-49, the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act last year, represent a disturbing intensification of border surveillance and securitization. This presentation will review these developments through the wider prism of surveillance as "law and order" politics and an increasingly transnational strategy of preemptive exclusion for racialized asylum seekers and other migrants.

Everyone welcome!