The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

Empty Migrant Rooms: An Anthropology of Absence through the Camera Lens

The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration - Yannis Hamilakis

Eckehard Pistrick [+-]
Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Eckehard Pistrick is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
Florian Bachmeier [+-]
n-Ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe, Germany
Florian Bachmeier is a socially engaged photographer with n-Ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe who has extensively reported on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the “refugee crisis” in Greece.

Description

It can be suggested that today we live in a new nomadic age, an age of global movement and migration. For the majority of people on earth, however, especially from the global south, crossing national borders and moving from the global south to the global north is risky, perilous, often lethal. Many are forced or compelled to migrate due to war, persecution, or the structural violence of poverty and deprivation. The phenomenon of forced and undocumented migration is one of the defining features of our era. And while the topic is at the centre of attention and study in many scholarly fields, the materiality of the phenomenon and its sensorial and mnemonic dimensions are barely understood and analysed. In this regard, contemporary archaeology can make an immense contribution. This book, the first archaeological anthology on the topic, takes up the challenge and explores the diverse intellectual, methodological, ethical, and political frameworks for an archaeology of forced and undocumented migration in the present. Matters of historical depth, theory, method, ethics and politics as well as heritage value and public representation are investigated and analysed, adopting a variety of perspectives. The book contains both short reflections and more substantive treatments and case studies from around the world, from the Mexico-USA border to Australia, and utilizes a diversity of narrative formats, including several photographic essays.

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Pistrick, Eckehard; Bachmeier, Florian. Empty Migrant Rooms: An Anthropology of Absence through the Camera Lens. The New Nomadic Age - Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 97-107 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781797112. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34645. Date accessed: 21 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34645. Nov 2018

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