Shilliam, Robbie et al.: “Water is Another Country”: Waterscapes and the Refugee Crisis , in Chatterjee, Sukla et al. (Hrsg.): Postcolonial Oceans: Contradictions, Heterogeneities, Knowledges, Materialities, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2023 (Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Band 1), S. 367–396. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.1046.c17319

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Sukla Chatterjee

“Water is Another Country”

Waterscapes and the Refugee Crisis

ABSTRACT This article explores the recent resurgence of maritime spaces in the light of refugee crisis. Through a confluence of factual data, theories, and refugee narratives, the article evaluates the role of seascapes as spaces of transit, analyzing the affects that are generated during the encounter between the sea and the refugees. Two maritime spaces are taken into consideration—the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Bengal region—in the context of refugee journeys to Europe and the movement of the Rohingya refugees respectively. The article theorizes the precarity of maritime spaces reflecting the precarity of refugee lives and bodies.

KEYWORDS refugee, Mediterranean, Rohingya, sea, refugee narratives, Bay of Bengal, affects and sea, violence