At a time when thousands of refugees risk their lives undertaking perilous journeys by boat across the Mediterranean, this multidisciplinary volume could not be more pertinent. It offers various contemporary case studies of boat migrations undertaken by asylum seekers and refugees around the globe and shows that boats not only move people and cultural capital between places, but also fuel cultural fantasies, dreams of adventure and hope, along with fears of invasion and terrorism. The ambiguous nature of memories, media representations and popular culture productions are highlighted throughout in order to address negative stereotypes and conversely, humanize the individuals involved.
Lynda Mannik is a Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at York University. She is the author of Photography, Memory and Refugee Identity: the voyage of the S.S. Walnut, 1948 (UBC Press 2012); Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Representation and Visual Media (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2015); and Canadian Indian Cowboys: Rodeo, Representation and the RCMP at the Royal Easter Show, 1939 (University of Calgary Press, 2006).
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Lynda Mannik SECTION I: EMBEDDED MEMORIES FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION Chapter 1. Children's Literature and Memory Activism: British Child Labor Migrants' Passage to Canada Sharon R. Roseman Chapter 2. Representing Migration by Boat at the Australian National Maritime Museum Kim Tao Chapter 3. Nuoc/Water: Oceanic Spatialities and the Vietnamese Diaspora Vinh Nguyen SECTION II: THE ARTIST AND THE ILLEGAL MIGRANT Chapter 4. Imagining Europe's Borders: Commemorative Art on Migrant Tragedies Karina Horsti Chapter 5. "Washed Clean": The Forgotten Journeys of 'Irregular Maritime Arrivals' in J.M. Coetzee's Estralia Jennifer Rutherford Chapter 6. Unstable Vessels: Small Boats as Emblems of Deaths Foretold and As Harbingers of Better Futures in Figurations Of Irregular Migration Across The Strait of Gibraltar David Alvarez SECTION III: MEDIA, POLITICS, AND REPRSENTATION Chapter 7. Memory and Migrations in the Mediterranean: The Case of the Kater I Rades Daniele Salerno Chapter 8. "Where are Our Sons?" Tunisian Families and the Repolitization of Deadly Migration Across the Mediterranean by Boat Federico Oliveri Chapter 9. Mysterious Refugees: Social Drama Ensues Lynda Mannik Chapter 10. Islands and Images of Flight around Europe's Southern Rim: Trouble in Heterotopia Helen M. Hintjens SECTION IV: STORIES OF SMUGGLING, TRAUMA, AND RESCUE Chapter 11. "If We Die, We Die Together": Risking Death at Sea in Search of Safety Sue Hoffman Chapter 12. En Route to Hell: Dreams of Adventure and Traumatic Experiences Among West African "Boat People" to Europe Papa Sow, Elina Marmer and Juergen Scheffran Chapter 13. Re-living Janga: Survivor Narratives Linda Briskman and Michelle Dimasi Afterword Lynda Mannik