Talks & Performances : DEPORTSPORA : When deportation becomes a way of life

Center for Art on Migration Politics (Danemark), 29/10/2016

Join us in CAMP for the event Deportspora : When deportation becomes a way of life, an afternoon with talks and performances exploring different aspects of the politics of forced deportation through the key concept deportspora.

Deportation is the forced removal of ‘unwanted foreigners’ from the territory of a state. Every year, hundreds of thousands of rejected asylum seekers, and irregular and undocumented migrants are removed by force from the country they migrated to, and returned to their country of origin against their will. Many will migrate again, making up what Peter Nyers has coined a global ’deportspora’ – an ‘abject diaspora’ whose migration cycle will no be stopped by deportation. What is it like to live with the immanent threat of deportation ? What happens to deportees, who have been returned to their country of origin ? And what makes people migrate again despite the prospect of being deported once more.

2–2:10 : Welcome / by Frederikke Hansen and Tone Olaf Nielsen (CAMP and Trampoline House)

2:10–2:40 : Road Movie / performance by Ghazel (artist, Iran/France) inspired by stories collected from Afghan and Iranian undocumented migrants ‘in transit’ in Paris, followed by Q & A session

2:40–3:25 : Diaspora of deportees : the case of young Afghan men / talk by Shahram Khosravi (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stockholm University), followed by Q & A session

3:25–3:40 : Coffee and snack break

3:40–4:25 : Jus Sanguinis : Violence and racism towards migrant pregnant women and minors / artist presentation by Daniela Ortiz (artist, Peru/Spain) discussing the migration control systems of ’Jus soli’ (birthplace citizenship) and ’Jus sanguinis’ (bloodline citizenship), followed by Q & A session

4:30–4:50 : Verses in Exile / spoken word performance by Kosal Khiev (poet, tattoo artist, artist-in-residence with Studio Revolt, USA/Cambodia) about prison incarceration and forced deportation, followed by Q & A session

4:50–5 : Closing discussion

The event is conducted in English and was made possible in collaboration with Images 2016 and SMK : National Gallery of Denmark. All are welcome. Free admission and snacks.

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