Geographies of Refuge: Displacing violence and locating protection I

Type: Paper
Theme: Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Madison B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Malene Jacobsen, Elisa Pascucci
Chairs: Elisa Pascucci


While Western states are increasingly using geography strategically to limit forced migrants access to sovereign territories where they can make an asylum claim, the majority of the world’s refugees live in extended (long-term) exile in the global South. Scholars across the social sciences have made great efforts to document and map the landscape of refugee governance and protection. Geographers and others have examined the different sites, practices, and processes through which as asylum and refugee governance take place, including camps and asylum-and detention centers (Darling 2011; Ramadan 2013), forced transfers (Tazzioli and Garelli 2018), the (re)production of refugee subjectivity (Häkli et al. 2017), the role trauma and PTSD in resettlement processes (Loyd et al., 2018), and refugees’ claims to rights (Moulin and Nyers 2007). This growing body of work has begun to question the international refugee regime and the liberal democratic states as the providers of protection, challenging the distinctions between refugee protection in developed and developing countries (Coddington, 2018), and situating the geographies of migration, detention and asylum in a much longer history of colonialism and Cold War geopolitics (Mountz and Loyd 2018).

In conversation with these bodies of work, this session explore the shifting geographies of refugee migration and refugee protection across the Global North – Global South divide. The empirically grounded papers examine the forms of violence and protection that shape refugees’ lives and subjectivities as well as their access to spaces of peace, rights, and security. Through critical approaches including feminist geopolitics, postcolonial studies and critical race studies, they aim to challenge our understanding of where refugee protection is located and what it might look like.

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Darling, Jonathan. 2011. “Domopolitics, Governmentality and the Regulation of Asylum Accommodation.” Political Geography 30 (5): 263–71.
Häkli, Jouni, Elisa Pascucci, and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio. 2017. “Becoming Refugee in Cairo: The Political in Performativity.” International Political Sociology 11 (2): 185–202.
Loyd, Jenna M., Patricia Ehrkamp, and Anna J. Secor. 2018. “A Geopolitics of Trauma: Refugee Administration and Protracted Uncertainty in Turkey.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43 (3): 377–389.
Loyd, Jenna M. and Alison Mountz. 2018. Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States. Oakland: University of California Press.
Moulin, Carolina and Peter Nyers. 2007. “We live in a country of UNHCR” - Refugee Protests and Global Political Society.” International Political Sociology 1: 356-372.
Ramadan, Adam. 2013. “Spatialising the Refugee Camp.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38 (1): 65–77.
Tazzioli, Martina, and Glenda Garelli. 2018. “Containment beyond Detention: The Hotspot System and Disrupted Migration Movements across Europe.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 0(0): 1-19.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Zohra Akhter*, The Australian National University, Racism, Cultural Purity and Canadian Refugee Policy, 1920s -1930s 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Karen Culcasi*, West Virginia University, Pre-colonial Connections in a Post-colonial Present: Experiences and Imaginings of Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Jordan 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Elaine Ho*, National University of Singapore, Forced migration in/of Asia: Interfaces and Kachin Internally Displaced People (IDP) at the China–Myanmar Border 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Ali Hamdan*, UCLA, Refugee Geopolitics and the Mobilization of Exile Space 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Kate Coddington University at Albany 20 9:20 AM

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