What is the basis for granting someone membership within a political community? What obligations do we have toward those who are not formally members of our political community? Is “the nation” – today’s dominant form of political community – capable of meeting the ethical challenges of a globalizing world? Is an alternative form of political community possible and/or desirable? We will pursue these questions through both theoretical interventions and empirical analysis. In terms of the former, we will engage with scholarship from international relations theory, political philosophy, and border and migration studies. In terms of the latter, we will turn to case studies that shed light on the forces producing migration and displacement (e.g. financial speculation, climate change, war), and on the social and political reactions engendered by newly emerging patterns of migration (e.g. new nativisms and fundamentalisms, but also new modes of transnational collective action and identity). As part of the course, students will be expected to attend the speakers series put together for the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education.