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Title: The Mediterranean of the refugees: For a reading of colonial implications in spatial imagination
Authors: Giuliani, Gaia 
Keywords: Mediterranean; Refugees; Cultural studies
Issue Date: Sep-2017
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: Cescontexto - debates
O drama dos/as refugiados/as na Europa
Issue: 18
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: In my paper I am interested in both a semiotic analysis that captures the contemporary discourse on the Mediterranean and a study that connects it to the analysis of the meanings attached to the transit and presence of migrants and refugees in Europe and the Mediterranean, and to the historical reasons, power relations, colonial archives and memories that constitute what Sandro Mezzadra calls the “postcolonial condition” (Mezzadra, 2008). I title it the Mediterranean of the refugees with the purpose of stressing the multilayered semantic structure of the imaginary related to the refugee in/and the Mediterranean, as the result of a complex (and problematic) overlappings of meanings, figures, practices, and texts, sedimented through history and providing the material for specific discourses on the Mediterranean, Europe and its s/he Other(s). Semiotics, history, cultural studies, feminist and postcolonial perspectives and critical race studies help me to redefine the Mediterranean in a symbolic frame reproducing those meanings, figures, practices that convey memories and violence, protest, resistance and conflict.
ISSN: 2192-908X
Rights: openAccess
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