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When: Thursday, November 30th, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Location:Irene's Pub Restaurant at 885 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W4
Audience:Alumni, Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Media, Professionals, Staff and Faculty
Contact:Moira McGrath,

Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students and the community to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs.

About the Book: 

Viapolitics: Borders, Migration, and the Power of Locomotion makes an argument for placing vehicles and routes at the centre of our thinking about the politics of borders and migration.

Whether the Komagatu Maru in the port of Vancouver in 1914, the deportation trains which crisscrossed the US in the 1920s, the vans that ferry migrant workers to and from Indonesia’s international airports, or the small boats on which migrants risk their lives traversing the Mediterranean, the book examines how vehicles are frequently central both as symbols and material objects to struggles about justice, mobility, and belonging. Yet often they are missing from migration scholarship.

Viapolitics makes these vehicles front and centre in our debates, allowing for new ways of approaching migration.

About the Editors:

Image William Walters William Walters is professor in politics and sociology at Carleton University. His main research interests are secrecy and security, borders and migration, and mobility and politics. Recent publications include State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary (Routledge, 2021), the co-edited Viapolitics: Borders, Migration and the Power of Locomotion (Duke UP, 2022) and the co-edited Handbook on Governmentality (Edward Elgar, 2023). From 2017-22 he directed The Air Deportation Project, a multi-country inquiry (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) into the aerial geographies of forced removal and expulsion in and from Europe.


Lorenzo Pezzani is an architectural researcher. In 2015, he completed a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is currently Lecturer and leads the MA studio in Forensic Architecture. His work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography of the ocean.



Charles Heller is a researcher and filmaker whose work has a long-standing focus on the politics of migration.  In 2015, he completed a Ph.D. in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, focusing on migration and its control across the Mediterranean Sea. He is currently conducting postdoctoral research supported by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and the University of Bologna.

About the Panelists:

Philippe Frowd, Associate Professor Political Studies Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ottawa

Azar Massoumi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University

Samir Gandesha, Associate Professor, Department of the Humanities, Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.


This event is part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival.


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