Politics and Poetics of Expressing the Encounter with the Other in Migration

This presentation considers the subjects in migration – migrants who move – and their relations with the Other – the unfamiliar, strange, different encountered in the process of movement. During this seminar. In dialogue with Sergei Shubin, he tries to go beyond the limits of the self and traditional self-centred visions of the world drawing on the examples of the forced migration after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. It brings the migrant subject (the “I”) into question and considers the non-subject of loss and trauma emerging in the disaster, the nothing often haunting international migrants.

Drawing on the work of Hoda Afshar, Claire Loughnan shows how ‘photography as a civil contract,’ in Azoulay’s words, might invite an encounter with the other on their terms, and overcome the violence that accompanies such reductive categories.

Introduced by: Professor Pierluigi MusarĂ²
Tutor: Dr Elena Giacomelli
Language: English


Sergei Shubin is a Professor and Director of the Centre of Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, one of the UK’s leading centres of migration studies. His interests in migration studies and mobility and inequality have been developed through international research and teaching experiences in Russia, UK, France, New Zealand and Canada

Claire Loughnan is an Early Career Researcher, and Teaching Fellow in Criminology, at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in border protection, immigration detention and the modes, practices and effects of spaces of confinement and control, broadly speaking

Event details

Date: 2 December 2020
Time: 9am - 11am (Central European Time)
Enquiries: Dr Elena Giacomelli (elena.giacomelli4@unibo.it)

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