Survival Media: The Politics and Poetics of Mobility and the by Suvendrini Perera (auth.)

By Suvendrini Perera (auth.)

Drawing on quite a few expressive kinds and acts - the events of refugee boats, the poetics of hip-hop, narratives of atrocity and survival - this booklet develops the concept that of 'survival media' notwithstanding the tales and mobilities of the thirty-year conflict in Sri Lanka. relocating among the hip-hop of M.I.A. and Human Rights stories, satellite tv for pc maps and survivor tales, it exhibits how this struggle in a small nation can be enmeshed with serious international matters reminiscent of the results of the warfare on terror, the formations of diasporic identities and the hardening politics of borders.

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Reminiscent of the letter written by Yaguine Koïta and Fodé Tounkara, it spoke not in the voice of the supplicant or victim, but through a direct claiming of rights and subject positions: ‘Until now we heard that your country is a humanitarian country and also the refugee can restart their new life with freedom in your country’ (Kearney 2009). As it succinctly articulated an ethical demand for protection, the message called into question the self-representations of the receiving nation. 0007 Lines of Flight  dramas and castaway plots so central to the western literary tradition, stages its unexpected return (see Chapter 3).

But for a short while, the arrivals remained on board their incongruous craft and could be viewed and photographed for the local news. Caught in the brilliant afternoon sunshine, silhouetted against a giant ‘Welcome to Geraldton’ sign, the castaway boat has an almost festive look. A jaunty blue trim offsets the cracks and rust stains on its hull. There is a stir and energy to the figures moving on deck. Curious children peer through the railings. A woman unfurls a thick plait of hair. You can just read the name on the prow, Bremen, and a corporate logo that identifies it as a gift of the tsunami aid effort, almost ten years ago.

Preparing for the likely eventuality of their death and rapid disposal, the boys are determined not to die nameless or in silence. At once apologia and manifesto, their lucid articulation of the violent neocolonial and postcolonial geographies that entrap them, and of the aspirations of others like themselves to which they sought to draw attention, boldly claims the space to make its case, to articulate the call for justice in the face of a necropolitical order that seeks their disappearance. Unlike the boys’ fragile, contraband bodies, all too apt to disappear, the eloquent witness of their letter succeeded, fleetingly, in breaking through the silence and separation of the border.

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