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Spatial Justice and Diaspora


Emma Patchett (Käte Hamburger Kolleg)
Sarah Keenan (Birkbeck)

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Spatial Justice and Diaspora brings the concept of spatial justice into conversation with empirical studies of racism and displacement, challenging and extending critical discussions of place, socio-spatiality, identities, and the juridico-political order. The volume brings together work exploring the conceptual and practical meaning of diaspora through a broad range of grounded studies, ranging from Palestinian street protest in Chile, to poetry written in Guantanamo Bay, to ­everyday practices of Ethiopian homemaking in Sweden. In so doing, it adds to theoretical explorations of spatial justice a keen attentiveness to lived experiences of the local, while also questioning any romanticized or essentialist reading of diaspora. Bringing to the fore innovative interdisciplinary scholarship, Spatial Justice and Diaspora offers a new critical intervention at the intersection of these fields.

An important contribution to the emerging literature on diasporic spatialities and social justice. Contains material which represents critical engagement at its best. Should be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike.

— Avtar Brah (Professor Emerita of Sociology, Birkbeck College)

It is … our responsibility to make an intervention in space making and diasporic practices, and help render them more just. This volume is a valuable contribution to that wider struggle. It reflects genuine conceptual innovation in the fields of spatial justice and diaspora, and contributes to an understanding which is both transformative and productive.

— Parvathi Raman  (SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies)

table of contents

Foreword by Parvathi Raman

Introduction / Spatialities of Diaspora: Race, Justice, and Contentious Topographies (Emma Patchett and Sarah Keenan)

Ch. 1 Law, Memory and Post-Apartheid Spatiality: ‘Reading Nomos Otherwise, ‘Mapping the Heterotopic’ (Jaco Barnard-Naudé)

Ch. 2 A Struggle for Space (Elsewhere): Marching for Gaza in Santiago de Chile (Siri Schwabe)

Ch. 3 Political Activism, Undocumented Migrants, and Solidarity Marriage: Between Kindness and Crime? (Julia Rushchenko)

Ch. 4 Diaspora, Space, and Tele-Biopolitics (Dafina Paca)

Ch. 5 Where Are We and to What End? Marking Spaces of Bodily and Literary Resistance in Guantanamo Bay (Melanie R. Wattenbarger)

Ch. 6 Spatial Justice Through the Lens of Political Discourse, Dissecting Italian Responses to Bangladeshi and Filipino Diasporas (Le Anh Nguyen Long)

Ch. 7 Racial and Spatial Injustices and the Tower Hamlets Coup (Nadine El-Enany)

Ch. 8 Ethiopian Diasporic Community Networks and Practice of Homemaking in Sweden (Tekalign Ayalew)

Ch. 9 Diaspora Space and Nomadic Legality? Tribe and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (Emma Patchett)


author bios

Tekalign Ayalewa PhD candidate at the department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden. His research interests are young peoples’ life, mobility, borders and diaspora. His PhD project deals with High-Risk migration process from Horn of Africa (Ethiopia and Eritrea) until Scandinavia (Sweden). Taking up migrants’ stories and experiences of borders as point of departure; he explores how individual identities (such as gender, age, religion, class), social networks and political forces shape conditions of departures from homelands, vulnerabilities and (im) mobility en route and struggles of settlement and homing practices in destination location. His PhD project is part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging-CoHaB.’ His recent publications include Risks, Resilience and Adaptations in Child and Young Life; and, together with Ayalew Gebre and Helmut Kloos, Gender inequalities, power relations and HIV/Aids: exploring the interface. 

Jaco Barnard-Naudé is Professor of Jurisprudence in the Department of Private Law in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. He is a past recipient of the UCT Fellows Award and the Faculty Research Prize. He also holds a National Research Foundation rating and is a past Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Westminster University. His research interests include critical jurisprudence, spatial justice, psychoanalysis, queer legal theory and law & literature. Recent publications include work on Derrida’s reading of Nelson Mandela and a consideration of the relevance of Rancière’s notion of presupposed equality for contemporary debates on queer freedom in Africa.

Nadine El-Enany joined Birkbeck as Lecturer in Law in 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 she lectured at Brunel University, London where she also co-directed the Brunel Human Rights Centre. After graduating with an LLB in 2006 from the London School of Economics, she completed her doctoral thesis in the field of EU and UK refugee law at the European University Institute, Florence. She has taught EU law at the London School of Economics, where she is presently a research fellow in the Migration Studies Unit. She was Guest Lecturer in European and Public Law on the London School of Economics Executive Education programme in May 2010. Nadine is currently Recent Developments Editor for the International Human Rights Law Review. Nadine was selected to join the Runnymede Trust Race Equality Forum in 2012 and is a member of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights. She is on the organising committee of the Defend the Right to Protest campaign and has published several comment pieces in The Guardian.

Sarah Keenan is a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck College. Her research draws on legal geography, feminist and critical race theory to rethink the relationship between membership and ownership, offering new perspectives on a range of social, legal and political issues. Her book Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging (Routledge 2014) develops a theory of property as a spatially contingent relation of belonging – a relation that can be understood as a blurring of ownership and membership, but that will only form property when it is ‘held up’ by the space in and through which it exists, that is, when the wider social processes, structures and networks that constitute space give force to that relation. She is currently researching the relationship between land title registration, time and race.

Le Anh Nguyen Long is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behaviour working on a project which seeks to elucidate how social networks influence the diffusion and innovation of local-level hydraulic fracturing policy. Her research interests center on three trans-border governance research areas: immigration, sustainable development, and local-level hydraulic fracturing policy. She has been a Research Associate at the I.U. Institute for Development Strategies and has taught at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Muenster.

Dafina Paca completed her PhD in September 2015 at the Cardiff School of Journalism Media and Cultural Studies. She currently teaches on numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Her research interests are interdisciplinary, ranging from diaspora, migration and the media, to conflict and international interventions. Her current research focuses on the discursive construction of identity, by migrants and diaspora in the UK as well as how homeland discourses construct diaspora. Her PhD research examines the discursive construction of UK Kosovo Albanian Diaspora identity by Kosovo Albanians in both the UK and Kosovo. Dafina has published on the ‘Schatzi’ phenomenon, which is a discourse that developed in Kosovo to describe the diaspora especially the diaspora in Germany and Switzerland. She is continuing work on numerous publications, one of which is a monograph based on her PhD thesis. Dafina also regularly publishes in journalistic publications around the world, most recently in the International Political Forum, Fabrikzeitung in Switzerland and Kosovo 2.0.    

Emma Patchett is currently a Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg ‘Recht als Kultur’ in Bonn, where she is working on postdoctoral research focusing on European spatial imaginaries and minority legal cultures in law. Prior to this, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, where her research centred on the convergence between spatiality, literature, and contemporary immigration legislation in Australia. She received her PhD from the University of Muenster in 2015, as a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the CoHaB (diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging) ITN. Her doctoral research explored migration and legal spatiality in the context of the contemporary literature of the Roma diaspora. Her work has been published in Polemos, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Law and Literature. 

Parvathi Raman is a senior lecturer in social anthropology. She is the current chair of the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies. Her research interests include the politics of migrant subjectivity, diaspora and identity and questions of (un)belonging. 

Julia Rushchenko (PhD) is a Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Investigations at the University of West London. Previously, she held a Doctoral position of Erasmus Mundus Fellow in Cultural and Global Criminology at the University of Kent, Utrecht University, and the University of Hamburg. In the framework of this inter-university project funded by the European Commission Julia conducted her PhD research in Germany. She was a teaching fellow at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at Utrecht University in 2014-2015 and a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on transnational migration, security and organized crime.

Siri Schwabe is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. She joined the department in 2012 as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB) after receiving her MSc in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She lived in Santiago from 2013 to 2014 and conducted fieldwork there as part of her doctoral research on Palestinianness, memory, and politics in post-dictatorship Chile. In Santiago, she found herself as fascinated with the (development of the) city itself as with its people, and since then her research has continued to focus on the politics in and of memory, place, and protest. 

Melanie R. Wattenbarger graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Religion, Pre-Theology, and Humanities-Classics. She earned her MA in Liberal Studies from Ohio Dominican University. Ms. Wattenbarger is currently ABD in the PhD program at the University of Mumbai and served as an Early Stage Researcher for the European Union’s Marie Curie Initial Training Network Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) project. She specializes in contemporary South Asian and Canadian literatures, Diaspora Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her publications include articles for the South Asian Review, Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics and the edited collection New Perspectives in Diasporic Experience. She serves as the Co-Editor of Salaam, the newsletter for the South Asian Literary Association.

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