Special Issue "Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Elena Isayev

Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK
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Interests: human mobility and the constructions of place (2017); history through material remains; Lucania (2007); agency of the displaced; hospitality, asylum, refugeehood; ancient history and archaeology of pre-Imperial Italy; public and common space and architecture; inter-disciplinarity and inter-practice methodologies; ancient youth
Guest Editor
Mr. Evan Jewell

Department of Classical Studies, 826 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Interests: age and ageing in the Roman empire; Roman youth; Cicero; Roman political and cultural history; non-elite urban identities; Roman imperialism; ancient and modern ideologies and historiography; ancient somatology; Roman villa culture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Important and urgent studies on the subject of migration have increased substantially over the last decade in response to what has been termed the ‘migration crisis’. The issue is seemingly timeless, yet, the long term historical perspective shows just how ambivalent the category of migration is. What does it mean for human mobility to become a problem—a crisis? Usually the subject is addressed from either the perspective of the host or the home community, focusing on the impact of arrival or departure. Between these two points are those who are displaced, often for periods that last more than a generation—the current UN average duration of displacement is 25 years. For this reason we have chosen to focus on the critical issue of displacement. It is here broadly construed as both the involuntary movement of peoples from a place of belonging, whether due to forms of conflict, famine, persecution, or environmental disasters, and also the suspension of movement that leaves people existing without place. The more focused heuristic lens of displacement allows for cross-historical perspectives which do not risk conflating ‘migration’ with ‘refuge’ or ‘asylum’. It also allows for a discourse of place, space and territory—the shifting entities in relation to human belonging, statehood, mobility and control. It confronts the visibility and potency of displaced agency.

For this Special Issue, we therefore welcome contributions which seek to provoke a discourse within and beyond the field of Humanities, including the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History. Our intention is to create a dynamic collection using a dialogical platform with experts in the field, while ensuring a robust scholarly discourse. Hence, we have commissioned pieces of work from practitioners as catalysts, for each contributor to reflect on and engage with in preparing the paper. A scholar who uses a different approach will then be asked to respond to a paper. Through the stimulus by catalysts and respondents, the intention is to create dialogue across practices, disciplines and temporalities: from catalyst—to paper—to response. In so doing, we hope that it provokes future work—hence manifestos—not only in the historical and literary fields, but wider research and practice concerned with migration and refugeehood.

We particularly invite paper contributions which, at a theoretical and/or methodological level, aim to: remap the priorities for current research agendas; open up disciplines and critically analyse their approaches; address the socio-political responsibilities that we have as scholars and practitioners; provide an alternative site of discourse for contemporary concerns; and lastly, stimulate future interdisciplinary work and collaborations beyond the academy.

We invite submissions that treat the following thematic areas:

Volatile Concepts

  • How exceptional is the nature of mobility/displacement in the contemporary age?
  • When does mobility, or immobility, become part of the repertoire of virtue—a positive attribute?
  • Permanent transience and de-placement—still a ‘state of exception’?

Tangible Creations

  • Spaces of suspension: the city, the camp, detention centres and sanctuaries.
  • Materialities of displacement: objects, bodies, settlements, and traces.
  • The power, agency, innovation of those who are displaced.
  • Between hospitality and asylum—suppliant and guest.

Critical Approaches

  • Opportunities and dangers of comparative history in the context of displacement.
  • From representation to challenge: narratives of displacement in images and words.
  • Re-humanising the demography of displacement: people beyond numbers.
  • Responsibilities as scholars, and educators of the decision makers of the future.

Prof. Dr. Elena Isayev
Mr. Evan Jewell
Guest Editors

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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative A Narrative of Resistance: A Brief History of the Dandara Community, Brazil
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 70; doi:10.3390/h6030070
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
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This paper presents a brief report on the history of the Dandara Occupation, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Through a general panorama of the strategies and resistance of the residents and movements involved; this paper shows the importance of the occupied
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This paper presents a brief report on the history of the Dandara Occupation, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Through a general panorama of the strategies and resistance of the residents and movements involved; this paper shows the importance of the occupied territory in the struggle for the right to housing in the city. Through the narratives of the residents, references and photographic remnants of the initial years of the occupation, a temporal line is developed to the present day that reveals the challenges and opportunities for the people of Dandara in the making of their community. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative Private Citizenship: Real Estate Practice in Palestine
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 68; doi:10.3390/h6030068
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 15 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
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What is the function of the new towns and real estate developments in Palestine?[...] Full article
Open AccessFeature PaperCreative Refugee Heritage. Part III Justification for Inscription
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 66; doi:10.3390/h6030066
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 3 August 2017 / Published: 29 August 2017
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In order to inscribe a site in the World Heritage list, the property should have outstanding universal values, defined as “cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of common importance for present and future
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In order to inscribe a site in the World Heritage list, the property should have outstanding universal values, defined as “cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity.[...] Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative On the Slab, Our Architecture under Construction
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 62; doi:10.3390/h6030062
Received: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
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The 1950s and 60s was marked by the developmentalism, industrialization, and modernization of peripheral capitalism of Brazil and by the demographic explosion and unprecedented urban expansion in the country. Throughout these decades, São Paulo became the political, cultural, and economic epicenter of Brazil,
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The 1950s and 60s was marked by the developmentalism, industrialization, and modernization of peripheral capitalism of Brazil and by the demographic explosion and unprecedented urban expansion in the country. Throughout these decades, São Paulo became the political, cultural, and economic epicenter of Brazil, Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative Uncovering Culture and Identity in Refugee Camps
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 61; doi:10.3390/h6030061
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 16 August 2017
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Refugee camps, especially in their emergency phases, are places where everything seems to be similar, repetitive, and modular. This impression is not only due to the unified shelter unit that is usually distributed by UNHCR1 (traditionally a tent, and recently caravans, prefabs, and
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Refugee camps, especially in their emergency phases, are places where everything seems to be similar, repetitive, and modular. This impression is not only due to the unified shelter unit that is usually distributed by UNHCR1 (traditionally a tent, and recently caravans, prefabs, and developed T-Shelters), but is also due to the camps’ ordered layout and hierarchical plan (Figures 1–3).[...] Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative ‘Space of Refuge’: Negotiating Space with Refugees Inside the Palestinian Camp
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 60; doi:10.3390/h6030060
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 16 August 2017
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‘Space of Refuge’ is a spatial installation directly addressing issues of inhabitation within Palestinian refugee camps in different host countries. It does so by illustrating the various modes of spatial production and subsequent evolution of Palestinian refugee camps, with particular focus upon unofficial
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‘Space of Refuge’ is a spatial installation directly addressing issues of inhabitation within Palestinian refugee camps in different host countries. It does so by illustrating the various modes of spatial production and subsequent evolution of Palestinian refugee camps, with particular focus upon unofficial acts of “spatial violation” that have emerged because of the increasingly protracted nature of the refugee situation. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative Collaborations on the Edge
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 59; doi:10.3390/h6030059
Received: 7 July 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 27 July 2017 / Published: 7 August 2017
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Since 2005 I have been working with mobile communities in the cities of Berlin, Germany and Johannesburg, South Africa.[...] Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCreative Quantum Notes on Classic Places
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 54; doi:10.3390/h6030054
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 21 July 2017 / Published: 31 July 2017
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I would like to sing about an unstable, yet constant force that stresses and pushes imagination. It makes cultural and social transformations a process to experience in person. [...] Full article
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