The hospitality of cyberspace: mobilizing asylum seeker testimony online

Whitlock, Gillian (2015) The hospitality of cyberspace: mobilizing asylum seeker testimony online. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 38 2: 245-266. doi:10.1353/bio.2015.0025

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Author Whitlock, Gillian
Title The hospitality of cyberspace: mobilizing asylum seeker testimony online
Journal name Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-4962
1529-1456
Publication date 2015-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/bio.2015.0025
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 245
End page 266
Total pages 22
Place of publication Honolulu, HI United States
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article focuses on maritime voyages filmed and narrated by asylum seekers, where they become “produsers” of their own testimonial narratives that are then disseminated through both conventional and new media. Social media offers new venues and opportunities for the dissemination of testimony generated by the asylum seekers, from within the boats, trucks, and planes that transport them. Asylum seekers are not citizens seeking democracy in the public spaces of their own homelands; on the contrary, they are stigmatized as the barbarians at our gates, and as a threat to the security of the nation. In their hands, however, smartphones and social media enable new forms of testimonial narrative, from within spaces of detention. Can we speak of the hospitality of cyberspace on behalf of the dispossessed?
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