Situating Strangeness: Exploring the Intersections between Bodies and Borders

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Situating Strangeness: Exploring the Intersections between Bodies and Borders


Edited by Vanessa Longden

Year: 2016

Format: eBook


While strangers take various forms and emerge from all walks of life, those that are ‘strange’ can be the closest to us. Those who are most extraordinary may in fact be ourselves.

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Zygmunt Bauman, in his publication Liquid Modernity, described the meeting of strangers as a mismeeting – a brief encounter which had no past and the unlikely possibility of a future. This suggests a meeting which is free from expectation, but it also has the potential to fuel alienation and displacement. Being a stranger is not synonymous with distant geographies or borderlands, though it does include them: strangers and peculiar places can be found closer to home. Themes of alienation, strangeness and foreignness converge in the following accounts. The reader will migrate through unrecognisable narratives coming into contact with diasporic identities, stand-up comedians, English Language Educators, artists and photographers, to mention a few. These accounts are diverse but commonalities are tangled between webs of thought. Readers are invited to tug at the threads of this web, to find their own connections and chance upon unexpected revelations which come through picking the ends.

Chance Encounters and (Un)Remarkable Things
Vanessa Longden

Strangers in a Strange City: Ilya Kabakov’s ‘Total Installation’ as an ‘Archive Song of Ruins’
Anca Baicoianu

Meetings in Virtual Spaces: Re-Examining Francesca Woodman’s Self-Portraits
Vanessa Longden

Ethnic and Extraterrestrial Invaders
Laura Thursby

The Other at Home: Narratives of Difference and Migration
Alexandra Deliu

Identity and Attitudes toward Return among Romanians Abroad
Elena Tudor

Homeless in the ‘Promised’ Homeland: An Exploration of the Concept of the Diasporic Consciousness through the South Asian Case Study of the ‘Biharis’ of Bangladesh
Isha Dubey

Problematic Privilege: Female Western Native English Speaker English Educators (WNESEE) in Japan
Gabrielle Piggin

The Laugh Is Political: Public and Popular Notions of Indianness in Qatar
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

In-Between Assimilation and Dissimilation: Artistic Responses to Postcolonial Issues of Ethnic Minorities in East Asia and the Commonwealth of Nations
Hiroki Yamamoto

Vanessa Longden is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Lancaster University, UK. Her current research interests and writings explore the (re)construction of photographic space in addition to the portrayal of performative bodies and identities in visual culture. She will be taking up a postgraduate position at Durham University working in conjunction with the Department History, the Centre of Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) and the Leverhulme Trust. You can follow her on Twitter.