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Mireille Rosello

Border Aesthetics

Keywords: global migrations, geopolitical borders, surveillance, community, role of the arts

A collaborative book consisting of 6 co-authored chapters by 12 authors from English, literary, classical, media studies as well as cultural anthropology and political geography. This study proposes to interrogate and explore the intersection of border studies and aesthetics. Critical approaches include ecocriticism,  global studies, political theory and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, migratory aesthetics, cultural analysis.

Border Aesthetics focuses on six key concepts: ecology (Mireille Rosello and Tim Saunders), imaginary (Lene Marite Johannessen and Ruben Moi), invisibility (Chiara Brambilla and Holger Pötzsch), palimpsests (Nadir Kinossian and Urban Wrakberg), sovereignty (Reinhold Goerling and Johan Shimanski) and waiting (Hen van Houten and Stephen Wolfe). This book represents the research carried out as part of the Border Aesthetics Project.

Editors: Shimanski and Wolfe

Funding: The Research Council of Norway 

Running Time: 2012-Ongoing 


Keywords: migration and refugee studies, orientalism, cinema, world literature, Pamuk, Boudjedra, De Quincey, Miéville

This project on disorientation will turn into a special issue of the journal Culture, Theory and Critique. Each article treats disorientation as a productive theoretical node that can help us make sense of our globalised world. Due to increased mobility and intercultural exchanges, many subjects experience moments of disorientation, not only because they feel lost but because it has become impossible to reach consensual definitions of what constitute home and dwelling, borders or border crossing practices. As the contributors show, the concept of disorientation can provide a powerful device for enabling reflection on the practices and activities that develop around borders, and thus define borders in more nuanced and complex ways.

Co-editor: Niall Martin (University of Amsterdam)

Running Time: 2012-2016


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