One of the camps I recently visited and posted on in light of my research project on camps – The Jungle – has been dismantled last week. In this Monday’s Morning Meetings on Migration (4M) initiated by IMES at the University of Amsterdam, I discussed the spatiality and functionality of the refugee camp with Darshan Vigneswaran. You can listen to the podcast here.
“As the authorities have recently fulfilled their mission in clearing the infamous Calais Jungle Camp, once home to some seven thousand migrants and asylum seekers, we in this week’s talk speak with Claudio Minca – Professor and Head of the Cultural Geography chair group at Wageningen University (WUR). Instead of focusing on the internal politics and political symbolism surrounding the jungle camp, this conversation deals with the spatiality and the constant interplay between inclusion and abandonment of the arriving migrants in contemporary refugee camps. These camps have a functional logic of their own, which leads to the construction of a new geography within Europe in which these camps will probably have a permanent presence.”