Art and criminology of the border: the making of the immigration detention archive

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

In this presentation Mary Bosworth and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll will introduce the Immigration Detention Archive that has been created as part of a long-term research project on immigration removal centres in the UK based at the Centre for Criminology in Oxford.  Using items in the archive, we will discuss themes of the research such as belonging and exile, masculinity and citizenship, while exploring some of the challenges in such an interdisciplinary project.  Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) are managed either by private companies or the prison service. They are very difficult to access, as they deeply politically contested. This archive presents a unique collection of items and objects which help illuminate these hidden sites.  As such they provide an important addition to the scholarship on incarceration.

Convened by Dr Inge Daniels and Dr Chris Morton