Walls: the regulatory influence of physical partition

Chipping away at the remains of the Berlin Wall, August 1990.

Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 22 September 2015


RegNet Meeting Room, Level 3, Coombs Extension, Building #8
ANU Canberra


Marie-Eve Loiselle


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Territorial, ethnic and social partitions can take many forms but the erection of physical divisions is one of their most radical manifestations. Throughout history societies have used dividing walls as a way to influence events and behaviours within a specific space. The Berlin Wall, which offers images of painful separations and restrictions to freedoms, is one memorable historical example.

Yet, today, in an era of globalisation where reducing barriers in areas as diverse as trade, politics and law seems to be the norm, the erection of walls to prevent movement between spaces seems anachronistic. Still, our recent past and present demonstrates that physical divisions are still considered a useful mechanism to regulate behaviours and events.

In her research project Marie-Eve Loiselle explores how the wall operates as a form of technology of governance. Her research seeks to understand how physical partitions emerge as a form of regulation and how that regulatory influence is deployed through discourses (legal, political), technologies and the wall’s materiality. In this thesis presentation seminar, Marie-Eve will offer a preliminary outline of her research project with a focus on her research design.

Prior to enrolling in her PhD, Marie-Eve was a research officer on the ARC linkage project ‘Strengthening the rule of law through the United Nations Security Council within RegNet. She completed a Bachelor of Law at the University of Montreal, with a certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, and a Master in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. Marie-Eve undertook internships and worked with international organisations on issues related to international law and human rights.

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