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Qaisra Shahraz

Home Immigrant – Qaisra Shahraz I read and hear about immigrants. I meet them in my everyday life. I have taught them for nearly fifteen years. I am dismayed that there is constant negative news in the media about immigration and refugees. I am disappointed that some politicians appear to have no qualms about using immigration as a topic to whip up racism to win them votes. I hate it when migrants are scapegoated for economic problems and when they become easy targets for vilification and hate. Remember the targeting of the Eastern European and Polish

in Manchester
Images of the ‘Jungle’ in Breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes
Jopi Nyman

Introduction Encounters between border-crossing migrants and their hosts take place in borderscapes, locations that both challenge established identities and transform familiar spaces into locations of difference, generating confusion and conflicts, but also promise what Bhabha ( 1994 ) has referred to as ‘newness’ and transformation. This chapter examines the literary representation of forced migrants in one newly emerged border space, the originally temporary and notorious refugee camp known as the ‘Jungle’, on the

in Border images, border narratives
Young people, subjectivity and revolutionary border imaginations in the Mediterranean borderscape
Chiara Brambilla

Moving beyond the spectacularisation of Mediterranean borders … The spectacularisation of Mediterranean borders assumes a crucial, often disquieting role in the dramatic staging of refugee crises and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, and also in the discursive framing of terrorism, migration pressures and religious conflict. Focusing on the spectacularisation process enables a critical investigation of the complex relationship between border regimes and regimes of in/visibility. Through spectacularisation, the complexity

in Border images, border narratives
Borders and images in migration narratives published in Norwegian
Johan Schimanski

of the snowball In Min drøm om frihet ( 2009 ) (‘My Dream of Freedom’), Amal Aden tells the story of how she grew up as a war orphan and child soldier on the outskirts of Mogadishu, and travelled to Norway as a child refugee, slowly becoming integrated in Norwegian society. Apart from the general sense of Norway being an economically rich society and part of the ‘global north’, there are very few stereotypical images of Northernness in the book. The image of the North as a place of snow and cold, however, is presented

in Border images, border narratives

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Jenna C. Ashton

her archive. But we must be wary of the tricks played on us by the archive. We can be seduced by artefacts and read into them what we will (I frequently am and probably do so too often). Symbolically, these two pieces perhaps signify something of greater importance – the lack of evidence around refugee, exile and émigré communities and individuals in Manchester. Alice’s story – her voice as a British-Russian, is frustratingly absent. Hers is a lived experience of movement and adaptation between two international contexts connected by the insatiable global need for

in Manchester
Testimonies of survival and rescue at Europe’s border
Karina Horsti and Ilaria Tucci

Introduction On 3 October 2013, an overcrowded fishing boat carrying mainly Eritrean refugees shipwrecked close to the Italian island of Lampedusa. At least 366 of the people on the boat died, but 155 people survived the approximately three-hour struggle in the sea until a group of Lampedusans on Vito Fiorino's leisure fishing boat Gamar heard the cries of the survivors. This disaster, like so many other mass deaths at the border, is accounted in public by the number of the victims: 366, 368 or 369 depending on the count

in Border images, border narratives
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Images and narratives on the border
Jopi Nyman and Johan Schimanski

institutional basis. In doing so, Paglen combines forensic expertise with an awareness of both pedagogical and performative effects of cultural expressions, both conveying knowledge and enabling concrete acts of resistance. In her contribution, Chiara Brambilla examines the spectacularisation of Mediterranean borderscapes evident in the dramatic staging of refugee crises and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, but also in the discursive framing of terrorism, migration pressures and religious conflict. According to Brambilla, the border spectacle is

in Border images, border narratives
Seen and unseen migrants
Stephen F. Wolfe

state was possible. Deferred passages into new detention regimes in national border zones I argue in this section of the chapter that the metaphoric social representations of the ‘dehumanisation of the Other’ which have developed with new migration policies in Western European states have added to the systematic detention policies in those states. Nation states have now made hostile environments for migrants and refugees approaching their national and international borders. A climate of suspicion greets them, coupled with a lack

in Border images, border narratives