In many ways we live in an increasingly connected world. But there is no denying that, politically, border walls are undergoing a renaissance. Donald Trump will stop at nothing to build his wall between the US and Mexico, while the English Channel in Brexit Britain figuratively divides the UK and the rest of Europe.
This event explores the reasons behind this new wall-building ‘age of Medievalism’ and whether the uncertain political climate has triggered an ancestral impulse that suggests “walls equal safety”. Paul Rogers and Juan Felipe Herrera discuss the history and current obsession with physical and conceptual border walls, asking why we focus on the ways they keep people out, while not acknowledging that they also keep people in.