I am presently organising a session together with Diana Martin and Irit Katz at the RGS IBG 2016 conference to be held in London on 30 August – 2 September entitled:
The Spaces In-Between: Investigating Camps and the Spatialities of Exception
From detention and refugee camps for displaced people, through camps for terrorist suspects, to Roma and homeless camps – the camp is today an in-between space that orders, segregates and excludes the ‘remnants’ who, according to state authorities, cannot be qualified and spatialized otherwise. While some of these camps are constructed as designated sites of control, custody and care by state and international powers, other camps are created as spontaneous makeshift spaces (Katz 2016). In their rural or urban locations, these spaces greatly differ in the ways they are constructed and managed. Yet, despite these differences, not only are they defined as spaces of exception, but also become ‘constitutive hubs of much broader geo-political economies’ (Minca 2015). Increasingly part of our everyday lives, on the one hand the camp becomes a perspective and a way of thinking that normalises extraordinary measures and spatialities (Gilroy 2004). On the other hand, physical manifestations of the exception are coupled with and complemented by less visible but equally invasive and potentially violent camps produced by biometrics, surveillance, racial profiling and capitalist logics of exclusion. This session brings together scholars engaging with camps, from a set of different perspectives and locations worldwide. In doing so, it seeks to investigate the human, spatial and geopolitical aspects of such spaces; it also aims at exposing relations between different camps and the spaces beyond them.