Contesting Humanity: COVID 19 and the Precarity of Rohingya Refugees (71875)

Session Information: Porous Borders and People

Session Chair: Sylvia Yazid

Thursday, 29 June 2023 15:25
Session: Session 3
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

There has been a ubiquitous presence of large scale patterns of migration in recent years leading to the creation of the most cited term ‘refugee crisis’. While most scholarly work has engaged with movements from global South to global North, this article seeks to unpack refugee camps as a distinct form of exclusionary and violent governance exercised by states in Global South itself. Drawing on Achille Mbembe’s work on necro politics and Sara Ahmed’s concept of stranger fetishism; turning to the Rohingya refugees in India for analysis, this article illustrates how geographical spaces- ‘migrant camps’ function as sites of maintaining national sovereignty against the culturally imagined threat. The paper establishes how migrants are simultaneously visiblised and invisiblised by the state making their everyday existence precarious during the COVID 19 crisis.

Ananya Sharma, Ashoka University, India

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