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Mapping Deathscapes
Digital Geographies of Racial and Border Violence

ISBN 9781032056579
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume offers a critical and creative analysis of the innovations of Deathscapes, a transnational digital humanities project that maps the sites and distributions of custodial deaths in locations such as police cells, prisons and immigration detention centres.

An international team of authors take a multidisciplinary approach to questions of race, geographies of state violence and countermaps of resistance across North America, Australia and Europe. The book establishes rich lines of dialogic connection between digital and other media by incorporating both traditional scholarly resources and digital archives, databases and social media. Chapters offer a comprehensive mapping of the key attributes through which racial violence is addressed and contested through digital media and articulate, in the process, the distinctive dimensions of the Deathscapes site.

This interdisciplinary volume will be an important resource for scholars, students and activists working in the areas of Cultural Studies, Media and Visual Studies, Indigenous Studies, Refugee Studies and Law.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping Deathscapes
Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese with contributions by Michelle Bui, Pilar Kasat, Ayman Qwaider and Raed Yacoub

Part I
Deathscapes Intersectionalities

Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese

1. Violence and Intersecting Power Relations
Patricia Hill Collins

2. The Colonial Debtscape
Maria Giannacopoulos

3. “You Have to Pay with Your Body”: Sexual Violence, Border Violence, and the Settler State
Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese

Part II
Making Indigenous Women Visible in the Deathscape

Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese

4. Data Silence in the Settler Archive: Indigenous Femicide, Deathscapes and Social Media
Bronwyn Carlson

5. “Say Her Name”: Naming Aboriginal Women in the Justice System
Hannah McGlade and Stella Tarrant

6. Close the Inquest
Alison Whittaker

Part III
Refugees in the Deathscape: Crimes of Peace

Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese

7. The Confined Sea and the Wavering of Sovereignty
Maurzio Albahari

8. Racialized Violence in Europe: The Genealogy of Amnesia Project and the Immobilization of Refugees?
Marina Gržinić

9. Life and Death at the Digitized Border: “Access Denied”
M.I. Franklin

10. Fatal Prescriptions: Immigration Detention, Mismedication, and the Necropolitics of Uncare
Jonathan Xavier Inda

Part IV
Aesthetic Witnessing in the Deathcape

Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese 

11. Artistic Responses to Historical and Ongoing Genocidal Violence Against Aboriginal Women
Tess Allas and Ruben Allas

12. Looking Into the World from Somewhere Else: Mapping and the Visualisation of Racial Violence in Australia
Antonio Traverso

13. Perpetual Trauma: Witnessing Deathscapes of the Colonial Project
Adrian Stimson 


14. After Abolition
Kyle Carrero Lopez

15. Transformative Justice
Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese


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Suvendrini Perera is John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Curtin University, Australia. She is author/editor of nine books including the monographs Survival Media (2017), Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats and Bodies (2009) and Reaches of Empire (1992).

Joseph Pugliese is Professor of Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia. His previous books include Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Routledge, 2010), State Violence and the Execution of Law: Torture, Black Sites, Drones (Routledge, 2012) and Biopolitics of the More-Than-Human: Forensic Ecologies of Violence (2020).