Archipelago of Extra-Territoriality

Archipelago of Extra-Territoriality:

Michel Agier

Centre for Research Architecture, London

7-8 October 2011

In the present moment of history, when the process of human globalization seems to have just begun, the politics of fear expressed by the richest nations especially in Europe has lead to the end of the universal promise of hospitality and the right to asylum. Affluent countries wall themselves in, keeping out undesirable foreigners whom they consider as enemies, culprits or victims. Consequently refugee and IDP camps, clandestine encampments, urban invasions, that is to say, all places of refuge, become a part of habitat and living.

Intervention One – The Aid Archipelago: Refugee camps and humanitarian government

In this presentation Michel Agier will discuss the condition of “inhabiting and dwelling in precarity”, — what are the force fields and modes of operation of camps and other humanitarian spaces and how are precarious places inhabited. Refugee camps are “out-places (hors-lieux) of a large proportion of the world’s population. The presentation will be accompanied by images from fieldwork in African camps.

Intervention TwoAgier on Philosophy and its Fieldwork

“Has philosophy a fieldwork?” Methodological notes and a reading of a text by Michel Foucault. Michel Agier will present a short paper discussing Foucault and Agamben’s biopolitic, and introducing the ethnography of theses forms: Le biopouvoir à l’épreuve de ses formes sensibles.

Intervention Three – Agier on Mediteranean Migration, Refuges and Detention Centres

Presentation of fieldwork and notations from the Agier-Prestianni co-authored book Je me suis refugié la! Bors de routes en exil followed by the presentation of a photo essay on the same fieldwork by Sara Prestianni.


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