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Culture, Politics, Law and Earth

Environment and Governance Research Group, UNSW

Subject: Anthropology , Area Studies , Arts & Humanities , Communication Studies , Cultural Studies , Ethics , History , Humanities, Multidisciplinary , International Relations , Law , Literature , Philosophy , Planning & Development , Political Science , Social Sciences, Philosophy & Law , Sociology , Theatre , Urban Studies , Women's Studies


eISSN: 2652-6743



VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 1 (Apr 2019) - List of articles

Travelling narratives and images in times of migration

Sigrun Åsebø/ Anje Müller Gjesdal/ Camilla Skalle

Abstract Migrant narratives and aesthetic practices influenced by experiences of exile and migration constitute a growing field in contemporary art and literature. Current trends in migration and globalisation have lead to an increase in travelling narratives, images and objects, and the production of aesthetic practices describing and problematising exile and migration, working in and through tradition. Migratory patterns and issues related to the protection of refugees and asylum seekers contr(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-001

Art and contemporary Irish emigrants: Aesthetics and networks of affect in David Monahan’s ‘Leaving Dublin’

Rachel L. Williams

Abstract Photographer David Monahan’s Leaving Dublin serves as a lens for examining the roles played by networks of affect and aesthetics in the contemporary Irish experience of migration. This article explores the series from the perspective of Actor-Network Theory. I will consider how the Internet has changed both experiences of migration and the creation and distribution of art by altering networks of affect. I will also discuss the role contemporary art plays in these networks, serving as a (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-002

‘White queens’ and ‘Nubian fiends’: Early Italian American fiction and the problem of colonialism

Andrea Ciribuco

Abstract This article analyses the transatlantic influence of colonialist discourse regarding Italian colonial wars in East Africa, by focusing on literary texts. In the emerging Italian American literature, two works by key authors reflected on the impact of colonialist propaganda in the Italian America. Emanuel Carnevali’s ‘Tale One’ (1919) centers on his aunt’s experience in Eritrea around the time of the battle of Adwa (1896). The analysis of these two texts, which rewrote and challenged the(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-003

The quest for identity through bodily pain: Female abjection in the literary work of Igiaba Scego

Camilla Skalle

Abstract This article addresses how (cultural) identity in Igiaba Scego’s literary works is achieved through a struggle of bodily pain. Narrating from a female point of view, Scego explores in depth the female migrant condition which in her texts is accentuated by the migrant body’s diversity and subsequent enhanced visibility. When reading Scego’s literary work, the conflictual relationship that many of her protagonists have with notions such as identity and cultural belonging is striking. Her (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-004

Stitching the cloths of serial migrant life: The quilts of Barbara James

Susan Ossman

Abstract In this article, I study the quilting practice of Barbara James to investigate the making of serial migrant subjects. Serial migrants are not from a single place, nor do they travel in the same direction. They have moved beyond a first experience of immigration and in so doing, step beyond the home/host dualities of immigration. One might see the project of following their paths as a move from accounts of the creative, imaginative ‘third space’ produced by immigrants’ arrival in their n(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-005

Travelling toponymy: The contribution of place names to the textual representation of place and memory in Abdellah Taïa’s Une mélancolie Arabe

Anje Müller Gjesdal

Abstract Narratives of exile and migration pose important questions related to the role of language in the representation of space, both that of home and away as well as sites of transit. This article argues that the textualisation of space is a central strategy for representing these spaces as place, i.e. as the site and product of lived experience, and that toponyms, place names are an important linguistic tool in this respect. The article draws on critical place name studies in order to exami(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-006

Il volo: Wim Wenders’ short documentary on hybrid space in Calabrian shrinking cities

Inge Lanslots

Abstract This article proposes an analysis of Wim Wenders’ Il volo (2010), which could be translated as Flight. This short documentary film shows how 300 immigrants, who had debarked on the Ionic side of Italy, were welcomed by the local Calabrian communities of the so-called ghost towns or shrinking cities in the Locride. Contrary to what the topic of Wenders’ short documentary might surmise, Il volo is not an expository nor an observational narration on the integration of (il)legal immigrants (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-007

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