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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 2 (Apr 2019) - List of articles

Bordering: Creating, contesting and resisting practice

Elise Klein/ Uma Kothari

Abstract Materially and symbolically manifest, borders are shaped by history, politics and power. This first special issue of a two-part series brings together an international collective of authors who presented their papers at a conference on Technologies of Bordering convened by the editors at the University of Melbourne, Australia in July 2019. We invited presentations that critically engage with multiple and varied forms of bordering as expressions of power and oppression, as well as those (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-008

Transgressing borders with participatory video technologies: Reflections on creative knowledge production with asylum seekers in Australia

Michele Lobo/ Kaya Barry

Abstract In this article we ask: how might the significant turn towards creative modes of knowledge production bring together researchers, participants and audiences to disrupt bordering technologies that dehumanise asylum seekers? We focus on videos taken by asylum seekers in Darwin who express their everyday experiences of encountering and transgressing borders. As researchers, we use experimental editing techniques to make these transgressions visible in a society with a white majority cultur(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-009

Transversal borderings: Territory and mobility for human rights activists in the Thai-Burma borderlands

Rachel Sharples

Abstract In this article I use an interpretation of Saskia Sassen’s ‘cross-border geographies’ as a framing mechanism for the operations of human rights activists in the Thai-Burma borderlands. I argue that these activists use aspects of the national territories they traverse, such as who belongs and associated rights and obligations, as well as state capital and services. But they also act outside of state sovereignty, in particular through digital infrastructures and transnational networking t(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-010

Unity and Division: Caring for Humans and Non-humans in a Divided Land

Balthasar Kehi/ Lisa Palmer

Abstract The border bifurcating the island of Timor was arbitrarily created in the late nineteenth century by the Portuguese and the Dutch. It is a border that has divided and separated the people of the ancient kingdoms of Koba Lima ever since, constraining relationships with their ancestral sacred sites, lands and waters. Timor’s wild animals, plants and natural phenomena challenge this division. Their free co-existence and movement through the region remain essential to the material and spiri(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-011

Spaces of exclusion: The visual construction of Australian borders and the asylum seeker subject in television news reports of the 2013 Australian Federal Election

Leicha Stewart

Abstract Policy regarding people arriving by boat in order to seek asylum was a key focus of political discourse during the 2013 Australian Federal Election campaign. Evening television news reports on the unfolding election revealed a bipartisan push for increasingly punitive approaches to the treatment of people seeking asylum. As such borders and the processes and practices involved in discursively constructing them, as well as the linguistic and visual strategies deployed around maintaining (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-012

Debtscape: Australia’s Constitutional Nomopoly

Maria Giannacopoulos

Abstract This article reveals the central role played by the Australian constitution in producing the Australian debtscape through the establishment and maintenance of a colonial nomopoly. Australia’s colonial law is foundationally premised upon violent acts of invasion of Indigenous land and water, and because this continues without consent, the colonial state uses its monopoly of violence to manufacture consent through law for two main reasons: the first is to generate retrospective exculpatio(..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-013

Time in the shelter: Asylum, destitution and legal uncertainty

Mark Justin Rainey

Abstract Based on ethnographic research undertaken between 2012—2014, this article focuses on the experiences and narratives of four refused, male asylum seekers living in a network of emergency night shelters located in churches across Greater Manchester, UK. Without the right to work and under No Recourse to Public Funds, many refused asylum seekers are pushed into dependency on charitable support and live under threat of arrest, detention and deportation. This enforced destitution interlocks (..)

DOI: 10.21307/borderlands-2019-014

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