The Moment the Border is Crossed The Moment the Border is Crossed

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Robert F. Barsky


By way of introduction to this issue, which features work by Thomas Spijkerboer that investigates parallels between evictions of irregularized persons in Apartheid South Africa and contemporary Europe, as well as a portfolio of commentaries and a set of book reviews on current work in the field, Robert Barsky offers a  reflection on a new project aimed at studying the first few minutes of an encounter between vulnerable migrants and a host country officials.

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Barsky, R. F. The Moment the Border is Crossed: The Moment the Border is Crossed. AmeriQuests, 14(1), 1-5.
Author Biography

Robert F. Barsky, Vanderbilt University

Robert Barsky is the author or editor of numerous books on narrative and refugee law (Constructing a Productive Other: Discourse Theory and the Convention Refugee Hearing and Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugees' Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country), on radical theory and practice (Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent and an edition of Anton Pannekoek's Workers Councils) on discourse and literary theory (Introduction à la théorie littéraire, an edited volume with Michael Holquist entitled Bakhtin and Otherness, an edited collection with Eric Méchoulan entitled The Production of French Criticism, and, most recently, an edited collection entitled Marc Angenot and the Scandal of History) and on translation -- in both theory and practice (including the translation of Michel Meyer's Philosophy and the Passions). He has been involved with a range of journals, including SubStance, for which he served as an editor, and he is the founder of 415 South Street, a literary magazine, and Discours social/Social Discourse. He is Professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Vanderbilt University.