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Dürr, Eveline; Whittaker, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0003-0102-869X; Benesch, Klaus; Michel, Hannah; Rugel, Agnes; Röder, Brendan (October 2020): A multidisciplinary review essay of Francisco Cantú’s book "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border", Vintage, London, 2019. Working Paper des SFB 1369 'Vigilanzkulturen', No. 3.


What makes this review essay on Francisco Cantúʼs bestselling book on the US-Mexican border regimes uniquely thought-provoking – and, in equal measure, challenging – is the diversity of the disciplines involved and their relationship to the subject matter. Our working groupʼs aim has been to analyze notions of ›subjectivation‹, that is, the process of becoming a subject in relation to practices of vigilance. Thus, our working group explored what different disciplines can gain from reflecting on and analyzing the same text and which aspects of it they consider particularly relevant to ongoing debates on vigilance and subjectivation. What kind of subtexts are brought to light by these divergent readings and what aspects do some disciplines stress that others would not have noticed in such detail?