The Refuge of Photography : Perspectives on Asylum, Citizenship and Belonging in London

Nair, Parvati, (2012). The Refuge of Photography : Perspectives on Asylum, Citizenship and Belonging in London. Asylum Accounts in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 12(2), n/a-n/a

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    Author Nair, Parvati
    Title The Refuge of Photography : Perspectives on Asylum, Citizenship and Belonging in London
    Appearing in Asylum Accounts in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings
    Volume 12
    Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Leeds and Nanyang
    Publisher University of Leeds and Nanyang Technological University
    Start page n/a
    End page n/a
    Language eng
    Abstract

    "New Londoners: Reflections on Home is a volume of photographs taken by young, unaccompanied refugees with the assistance of professional photographic mentors from Photovoice, a London-based agency that works with refugees and asylum-seekers through visual media. These young photographers use image and text to visually chart their representations of London and their attempts to turn this city into their home. This article seeks to tease out the temporal and spatial complexities that arise when young people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds are forced to seek refuge in a city as vast and cosmopolitan as London. I shall rely on theoretical inroads to questions of time, space and memory, but shall not follow the conventional format of an academic paper. Instead, this paper will seek to engage with the work of these 'new Londoners' in order to probe the role of photography in turning their situation of 'asylum' -- a term charged with the political vulnerability of the subjects in question -- into one of having reached or constructed 'home.' In such circumstances, what comes of memory? How can a sense of agency develop in and through conflict, loss or trauma? And what meaning does 'home' have when imagined via the shifting double axes of a 'here and now' and a 'then and there?'"

    UNU Topics of Focus Migration
    Keyword Migration
    JEL F22
    Copyright Holder Parvati Nair
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
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