THE DISPLACEMENT ARCHIVE
This project aims to archive cases of displacement that are occurring, that have occurred and that will occur in these periphery economies on a global scale. By beginning our process of archiving from Bangladesh, a nation undergoing rapid and violent transformations, the archive attempts to spread out to include numerous instances of forced displacements from around the world. The archiving process uses a combination of ethnography and secondary research. It is the process of ethnography that will distinguish this archival project from others. This will highlight the disparities between the micro and macro narratives provided by those who are directly involved in the displacement, as well as documenting the existence of organized resistance, which is often glossed over in developmental and nationalist discourse.
This archive will remember the experience of people threatened with displacement.Further, it will not only compile all information and historical documentation surrounding events of displacement, but map new information and existing documentation onto the system of power enabling, and being reinforced by, displacement. The existing relationships of power, between the different kinds of information, the different narratives, will be highlighted, and subverted through the prioritizing of the information and narratives provided by the less powerful. The archive will create a window into current debates, common concerns and useful strategies in thinking and organizing spaces that are attempting to build a different kind of politics. This archive tries to apprehend the lived reality of displacements and its excuses on the affected ground as well as the narratives provided by the relevant authorities and institutions to the media etc in order to bring into the center voices that have been pushed to the peripheries of our global, local and collective imaginations.
The archive will be launched on the 9th of December ’17 at www.displacementarchive.info. To find out more about the launch event and the dialogue centered about it, visit our event page here.