Disavowing Asylum: Documenting Ireland's Asylum Industrial Complex

Monday, 13 September, 12 noon to 1.30pm

On Monday, 13 September at 12 noon (Dublin Time), Disavowing Asylum: Documenting Ireland's Asylum Industrial Complex will be virtually launched by the authors, Ronit Lentin and Vukašin Nedeljkovic. The authors will introduce their key arguments from Disavowing Asylum, with responses by Bulelani Mfaco and Lucky Khambule. Anne Mulhall will chair the launch. There will be opportunities for audience engagement and reflections on Lentin and Nedeljkovic’s book.

This event is hosted by UCD Sutherland School of Law.

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Dr Ronit Lentin is a former Associate Professor of Sociology in Trinity College Dublin.

Vukašin Nedeljkovic is a freelance researcher who founded the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive (www.asylumarchive.com).

Bulelani Mfaco is one of the Spokespersons at MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) and a PhD student at Technological University Dublin.

Lucky Khambule is a Co-ordinator at MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).

Dr Anne Mulhall is an associate professor in UCD School of English, Drama and Film.

About the Book:

Disavowing Asylum  presents the for-profit Direct Provision asylum regime in the Republic of Ireland, describing and theorizing the remote asylum centres throughout the country as a disavowed regime of racialized incarceration, operated by private companies and hidden from public view. The authors combine a historical and geographical analysis of Direct Provision with a theoretical analysis of the disavowal of the system by state and society and with a visual autoethnography via one of the authors’ Asylum Archive and Direct Provision diary, constituting a first-person narrative of the experience of living in Direct Provision. This book argues that asylum seekers, far from being mere victims of racialization and of their experiences in Direct Provision, are active agents of change and resistance, and theorizes the Asylum Archive project as an archive of silenced lives that brings into public view the hidden experiences of asylum seekers in Ireland's Direct Provision regime. The book is available to order from Rowman (https://rowman.com/).