Academic journal article Refuge


Academic journal article Refuge


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While the declared global "refugee crisis" has received considerable scholarly attention, little of it has focused on the intersecting dynamics of oppression, discrimination, violence, and subjugation. Introducing the special issue, this article defines feminist "intersectionality" as a research framework and a no-borders activist orientation in transnational and anti-national solidarity with people displaced by war, capitalism, and reproductive heteronormativity, encountering militarized nation-state borders. Our introduction surveys work in migration studies that engages with intersectionality as an analytic and offers a synopsis of the articles in the special issue. As a whole, the special issue seeks to make an intersectional feminist intervention in research produced about (forced) migration.


Alors que les universitaires se sont beaucoup interesses a la <> mondiale qui a ete declaree, ils n'ont que peu envisage les dynamiques croisees de l'oppression, la discrimination, la violence et la subjugation. Le texte introductif de ce numero special definit <> feministe transnationale comme cadre de recherche et comme un activisme oriente sans frontieres solidaire des personnes deplacees par la guerre, le capitalisme et l'heteronormativite de la reproduction, qui se heurtent a des frontieres nationales et etatiques militarises. Cette introduction examine les etudes sur la migration qui retiennent l'intersectionnalite comme perspective d'analyse et offre un sommaire des articles de ce numero special qui, envisage dans son ensemble, vise a degager une intervention feministe intersectionnelle dans les travaux de recherche qui concernent la migration (forcee).


This special issue emerges out of a larger, developing project to build a network of feminist scholars and organizers under the name Feminist Researchers against Borders (FRAB). (1) Our project aims to build durable collaborations across disciplinary boundaries and national borders among scholars and organizers whose work emerges from a feminist perspective that centres gender and sexuality as key analytic lenses through which the repercussions of war, violence, forced displacement, asylum, and resettlement can be understood. What unites us is that we are feminists who have been troubled by the absence of intersectional analyses in studies on the "refugee crisis," even as border and (forced) migration studies have proliferated. In this regard, we take the inextricability of racial, gendered, sexual, and class power relations as the entry point to interrogate how the current "refugee crisis" is constructed and contested. As researchers committed to ethical reflexivity, we enter into this work with concerns over the circulation of research on "refugees" in an economy that turns human suffering into the currency of scholarship, divorced from the responsibility to transform the conditions that shape violence. Further, we are concerned with the way our own work risks entering into the broader state objectives of migration management that allow nation-states to criminalize and capitalize upon cross-border movement, (2) while refusing entry to millions of people and detaining and deporting countless others.

Our intervention comes at a moment when the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced that there are now more refugees and internally displaced people worldwide than ever before. (3) What has been termed the "refugee crisis" has been most widely represented by the largest group of refugees, Syrians fleeing the war that began in 2011, who comprise 5.4 million people displaced primarily to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Europe, and overseas; 6.1 million people have been internally displaced, while 2.98 million are in besieged areas, according to UNHCR statistics. (4) However, as Denise Horn and Serena Parekh remind us, the human experience of "displacement" is far broader than just this "refugee crisis. …

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