Digital resistance to contemporary bordering practices
Claudia Tazreiter från Linköpings universitet håller i seminariet.
Abstract In this talk I consider the politics of resistance manifest through digital technologies. My intention is to consider critically epistemologies and methodologies relevant to research focused on everyday experiences of inequality, precarity and silencing. The context I draw on in this talk is the detention of refugees and asylum seekers in remote locations as a politics of exclusion, silencing and indeed, erasure. The Australian government’s long-standing policies of off-shoring responsibility for refugees and asylum seekers to impoverished third states such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea is the context for the discussion. In this talk, the context of detention on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea is explored as the site of digital resistance by the refugees themselves. These examples, of the production of journalism, literature and artistic representation encapsulated as ‘voice’, become part of global digital mediascapes and ideascapes that appear ubiquitous, yet connect the viewer to the particularities of human embodied life. I set these contradictions into dialogue in the spirit of a speculative politics of social change.
Bio Claudia Tazreiter is Research Chair and Professor in Ethnic and Migration Studies at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO),University Linköping. Her research is in the fields of political sociology, social theory, visual cultures, race, ethnicity and migration. The focus of this research is on the social and affective impacts of forced and irregular migration, on human rights culture, the role of civil society in social change, and visual cultures of dissent. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters and books including: Asylum Seekers and the State. The Politics of Protection in a Security-Conscious World (Routledge 2017); Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific. Transnational Lives, Human Rights and State Control (Palgrave 2016); and the Handbook on Migration and Global Justice, edited with Leanne Weber (2021 Edward Elgar). Claudia has held several visiting appointments, including at the Institute for Political Science, University Vienna (2018), Center for Place, Culture and Politics, City University New Work CUNY (2014) and the Centre for International Studies (CERI) Science Po (2011) and is fellow at the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University Osnabrück.
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