1st Edition

Mapping Deathscapes Digital Geographies of Racial and Border Violence

Edited By Suvendrini Perera, Joseph Pugliese Copyright 2022
    288 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    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).