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Refugee Nations and Unimagined Cartographies: Migration, Displacement and Homelessness in Contemporary Geopolitics, Sec. 2

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Organizer: Mohammad Asim Siddiqui

Co-Organizer: SK ALI

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The widespread phenomenon of migration and displacement in the contemporary geo-political climate exhibited by the notions of mobility, borderlessness, protracted displacement, statelessness, penal colonies and precarious settlements lead to the unconcealment of “patterns and determinants of migration or the incorporation of migrants in receiving societies”(Helena Ekelund) with a concern of securitization and anti-immigrant discriminations that oscillate between control movement and the “sorting, recategorizing, reclassifying people with the goal of better selecting anew who is whom”(Achille Mbembe). The relationships of dominance and subordination exercises an unending excavation in the dynamics of “the quasi-theological ambitions of totalitarian rulers” as said by Edward Said and a membership of a political community as citizenship malleable to variegated structures of colonies, detention centres, protected areas, excluded zones—a “non-existent homeland”(Hannah Arendt). This seminar seeks to interrogate and address how the social, political and ecological forms of belonging and homeslessness are being reconfigured in the twenty-first century with an ubiquitous borderland frenzy on transnationalism, refugee experience, climate crisis, the writing of place and displacement, and literatures of trauma in the fields of migration and postcolonial studies. Suggested topics include but are not limited to border-crossing, home and belonging, transcultural narrative, manifestation of the Other, postcolonial cartography, tortured spaces, and refugee trauma, splintering territories, fragmenting spaces, bordering body and global mobility. 

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