Rupturing the Walls of Discontent: Racialized Borders and the Political Economy of Imperial Citizenship with Dr. John Maerhofer

The Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice presents a public lecture from its Faculty Summer Research Grant recipient, John Maerhofer. Dr. Maerhofer of the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric, Hofstra University, will discuss the racial implications behind building regional, national, and international borders.

Dr. Maerhofer's presentation is part of an extended article that analyzes the impact of border imperialism on contemporary imperial citizenship, which Dr. Maerhofer is revising for publication for the Journal of Labor & Society. His main argument is that the current phase of neo-fascism is a direct and logical outcome of the neoliberal agenda and its concomitant crisis, necessitating and employing overtly repressive mechanisms to manage proletarian resurgence domestically, to maintain the system of brutal super-exploitation of southern migrant-labor, and to ensure the continued dominance over capital flow from the global South to the owner-class mostly located in the imperialist centers. In order to push the continual expansion of what Todd Miller labels “the empire of borders” in the current era, a process that intends to oversee the flow of deterritorialized labor, “race” becomes the ideological lynchpin that binds imperial belonging to the necessity of increasing border-making.

John Maerhofer is an educator and activist based in New York City. He is involved in prison abolition, climate activism, and migrant labor rights in the greater NYC area. He has taught literature and writing studies at a variety of colleges and universities, including Hofstra University, the University of Rhode Island, and at several campuses across the CUNY system. He is currently a full-time Teaching Instructor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he teaches in the Writing Program. His articles have appeared in Cultural LogicSouth Atlantic QuarterlyInternational Critical ThoughtLeftEastAxis of Logic, and Monthly Review Online. Among his current projects, he’s working on a book on the long counter-revolution from the 1970’s to the present.

The Center’s annual Faculty Summer Research Grants are aimed at supporting research, scholarship, and curriculum development focused on race and social justice.


The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017 to promote diversity and cultural awareness, features a number of distinctive programs throughout the academic year.


Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time: 2:55 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


All events are open to the public. For information, please contact the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice at 516-463-6585 or

Wednesday, November 06, 2019



Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
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Hempstead, NY 11549


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