The ‘jungle’ at Calais: space and ‘race’ writ large

A fascinating new academic account of the Calais migrant /refugee camp has just been published. And it asks the challenging question: what are we, as academics, to do in the face of such problems? Coming out of a conference thought piece, this paper published in Political Geography attempts to describe and understand the “privation and mortality” inflicted on the bodies of migrants coming through this route and halted in their attempts to find an end point to their travels.

They describe the camps in terms of a political context which allows migrants to die, not through genocide or war, but through “violent abandonment through political neglect”, or what they call ‘necropolitics’. They attempt to set out the challenge for academics to give accounts of  structural and political dynamics which produce dangerous life-limiting places inside the borders of developed countries, which produce new relations of border-making and enforcement.

Read it here:

Thom Davies & Arshad Isakjee, ‘Geography, migration and abandonment in the Calais refugee camp’, Political Geography Special Issue: Historical Geographies of Internationalism, Volume 49, November 2015, Pages 93–95

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