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As millions of refugees face increasing scrutiny and are turned away at borders across the world, we will ask basic questions about borders: What are they for? By what right are they created and policed? And how do we live now? Sophia Azeb, Fabienne Brugère, Gauz, Aleksandar Hemon, and Guillaume le Blanc. Moderated by Masha Gessen.

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Watch this event live via Livestream on Oct. 30 at 7pm (EST). 


Sophia Azeb is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her current book project, Another Country: Constellations of Blackness in Afro-Arab Cultural Expression, theorizes translational blackness and Afro-Arab cultural traffic in the twentieth century. Her writing has appeared in the Chimurenga Chronic, The Funambulist, Africa is a Country, and KCET’s Artbound. 

Guillaume le Blanc is a French philosopher and writer. He works on the question of exclusion, precariousness, and normality as well as epistemology, philosophy of science, and the dialectic between the normal and pathological. He is the author of Vies ordinaires, vies précaires (Seuil, 2007); L’invisibilité sociale (PUF, 2009), L'Insurrection des vies minuscules (Bayard, 2013). 

Fabienne Brugère is Professor of Philosophy at the University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. A director of the research team on contemporary philosophy, she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal Esprit. Brugère has published Le sexe de la sollicitude; L’éthique du care; La politique de l’individu, and most recently with Guillaume le Blanc, La fin de l’hospitalité.

Gauz is a photographer, writer, editor of a Ivorian satirical economics newspaper, and the author of the novel Debout-Payé, published in 2014, by "Le Nouvel Attila" on more recently of Camarade Papa.

Masha Gessen, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor at Amherst College, has written nine books, including The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2017; and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Gessen’s writings focus on themes such as Russian and American politics, dictatorships, autocracy, and L.G.B.T. rights. Gessen is also a science journalist, writing about AIDS, medical genetics, and mathematics. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary, Gessen spent more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow, and has been living in New York since 2013.

Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian fiction writer, essayist, and critic. His best known novels are Nowhere Man (2002) and The Lazarus Project (2008). He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani.


This event is part of Festival Albertine 2018, curated by Masha Gessen. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  

Albertine is committed to making its bookstore and events accessible to all visitors. For information about wheelchair accessibility, elevators, restrooms, and accommodation for those who have hearing impairments, please refer to albertine.com/about-us or write to us at info@albertine.com.

Festival Albertine is presented in partnership with The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Institut français, Onassis Foundation USA, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Emily and James Hamilton. Generous support is provided by Champagne Pommery and Intercontinental New York Barclay. Media Partner: The New York Review of Books.

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