Video abstract – “A Chronotope of Containment Development: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and Africa’s Reterritorialization”

Forthcoming in early 2019 in the first issue of our 50th anniversary volume, Antipode 51(1), and available online now, “A Chronotope of Containment Development: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and Africa’s Reterritorialization” by Loren Landau (University of the Witwatersrand) is another superb contribution to urgent conversations ongoing in the journal on European migration.

This year alone, we have published a collection of ten papers and interviews under the title “Mediterranean Movements: Mobility Struggles, Border Restructuring, and the Humanitarian Frontier”, as well as a number of standalone pieces, including “Perilous Journeys: Visualising the Racialised ‘Refugee Crisis’”, and “A Chronotope of Containment Development” joins them in anatomising one of the most pressing issues of our time, the so-called “refugee crisis” in Europe. As its author, Loren, sees things…

Europe has taken unprecedented levels of peacetime defensive actions against the perceived demands by African migrants for “absolute hospitality”. In collaboration with politicians across the Mediterranean, European political leaders are authoring a chronotope that removes Africa and Africans from global time. This discursive vision rests on an epistemological reorientation coding all Africans as potential migrants capable of threatening European and African sovereignty and security. This conceptual realignment has seeded a defensive assemblage of coercive controls, sociologies of knowledge, and a campaign to generate sedentary African subjects. Ultimately it is engendering “containment development” aimed at geographically localising Africans’ desires and imaginations. In an era of planetary entanglement and exchange, this discursively and materially excludes Africans from what it means to be fully human.

As well as reading his paper online, you can hear Loren discussing it below, and read all about his wider work at his African Centre for Migration & Society website.

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Antipode Volume 51 Number 1

The 2017 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture  –  Hungry Translations: The World Through Radical Vulnerability by Richa Nagar

After Post-Development: On Capitalism, Difference, and Representation by Kiran Asher and Joel Wainwright

Burned, Broke, and Brilliant: Latinx Community Workers’ Experiences Across the Greater Toronto Area’s Non-Profit Sector by Madelaine Cristina Cahuas

Lisbon’s Red Belt: A Cautionary Tale on Politicization and Depoliticization of the Urban Realm by Ana Drago

Enacting Experimental Alternative Spaces by Francesca Fois

Precarious Debt: Microfinance Subjects and Intergenerational Dependency in Cambodia by Nathan Green and Jennifer Estes

From Madonna to Marx: Towards a Re-theorization of Homelessness by Brian Hennigan

A Chronotope of Containment Development: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and Africa’s Reterritorialization by Loren Landau

A Political Ontology of Land: Rooting Syrian Identity in the Occupied Golan Heights by Michael Mason and Muna Dajani

All That Is Solid Melts into the Bay: Anticipatory Ruination and Climate Change Adaptation by Kasia Paprocki

The Diversity We Are Given: Community Economies and the Promise of Bataille by Mitch Rose

“Protect Wisconsin Families”?: Rethinking Left Family Values in the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising by David Seitz

Rethinking Justice: Struggles For Environmental Commons and the Notion of Socio-Ecological Justice by Özge Yaka

Gendered Geographies of Elimination: Decolonial Feminist Geographies in Latin American Settler Contexts by Sofia Zaragocin