From Dreams to Deportation: The Resistance Strategies of Tunisian Post-Uprising Irregular Migrants in Southern Italy with Rayed Khedher

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Based on data collected over fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, Khedher documents what happened to the Tunisian irregular migrants who fled Tunisia and landed in Lampedusa and Sicily after the 2011 Tunisian Popular Uprising. This transnational work examines the human rights abuses perpetrated against these migrants and argues that while the abuses, negative representations, criminalizing policies, and unlawful deportations were demeaning and dehumanizing, they also functioned as a starting point for many migrants to craft various types of survival mechanisms and resistance strategies.