- List of Contributors
- General Introduction
- Reason Aside: Reflections on Enlightenment and Empire
- Empires of Democracy
- The Imperial Past: Spain and Portugal in the New World
- Imperial/Colonial Metamorphosis: A Decolonial Narrative, from the Ottoman Sultanate and Spanish Empire to the US and the EU
- Empire, Islam, and the Postcolonial
- Hegel, Empire, and Anti-Colonial Thought
- Imperial Histories, Postcolonial Theories
- Violence, Law, and Justice in the Colonial Present
- Renegade Prophets and Native Acolytes: Liberalism and Imperialism Today
- The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Challenge of Postcolonial Agency: International Relations, US Policy, and the Arab World
- Africa’s Colonial Present: Development, Violence, and Postcolonial Security
- Beyond Biopolitics: Agamben, Asylum, and Postcolonial Critique
- Indigenous Inhabitations and the Colonial Present
- Towards an Anti-Colonial Future
- Revisiting Resistance: Postcolonial Practice and the Antecedents of Theory
- ‘Third Worldism’ and the Political Imaginary of Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and/as Translation
- Remembering Back: Cultural Memory, Colonial Legacies, and Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and Popular Cultures
- Race, Racism, and Postcoloniality
- Theory and Practice in Postcolonial Studies
- modes and models of postcolonial cross-disciplinarity
- Postcolonialism and Literature
- Postcolonialism and History
- ‘Slippery, Like a Fish’: The Discourse of the Social Sciences
- At the Limits of the Secular: History and Critique in Postcolonial Religious Studies
- Postcolonialism and the Environment
- Origins, Outcomes, and the Meaning of Postcolonial Diversity
- Perspectives on Globalization and Subalternity
- Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the ‘Asia Question’
- Our Sea of Islands: Globalization, Regionalism, and (Trans) Nationalism in the Pacific
- Africa and its Diasporas
- Postcolonializing the Americas
- Irritating Europe
- What was Globalization?
Abstract and Keywords
Few scholars would dispute that the modern-day refugee condition is intimately tied to the problematic of the postcolony, yet the distinctiveness of postcolonial theory among the various frames of reference within which questions of refugee status and asylum are analysed has not to date been fully appreciated. This chapter, a dialogue between a legal and a literary scholar, aims to provide a postcolonial supplement to Agamben-inspired readings of the refugee condition within the disciplines of literature and law. Key to this supplement is the claim that it is through postcolonial theory that Agamben can realize his desire to reach beyond the biopolitical.
David Farrier is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He is the author of Unsettled Narratives: The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, Ellis, Melville and London (2007) and Postcolonial Asylum: Seeking Sanctuary Before the Law (2011). He is also the editor of a special issue of Moving Worlds (12.2) on asylum narratives.
Patricia Tuitt is Professor and Executive Dean in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London (UK). She is the author of numerous essays on international refugee law and of the 1996 monograph, False Images: Law’s Construction of the Refugee. She has also written widely in the field of postcolonial theory, notably in Race, Law, Resistance (2004).
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