This working group discusses research on cultural and material production by people who experienced different forms of detention during modern military conflicts. It focuses on life writing, literary and poetry works, photography and visual artworks by civilian internees, prisoners of war and refugees between 1940 and the present.
Unbound, Unhidden: Digital Resistance in Offshore Detention
Hi All – Attached is my paper about Behrouz Boochani’s digital resistance during detention in Australia’s offshore processing center on Manus Island from 2013-19. Armed with only a contraband cellphone, Boochani shot a documentary, wrote a book, and filed numerous articles while he was detained. This paper focuses on the book as a shift in Refugee Poetics because of the the way the phone allowed Boochani to collapse the distance between readers and the national policy enacted in their name.
It is a bit long because of the Persian ghazals but it reads quick (she says with hope :).
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