Reclaiming human movement, restor(y)ing hope
Lidia De Michelis
This article addresses the poetics and politics of “Refugee Tales, A Walk in Solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees” against a framework which foregrounds freedom of movement and access to the language as fundamental human rights. Drawing inspiration from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the project, which aims to raise awareness on indefinite immigration detention in the UK and reclaim its abolition, summons and combines the world-making power of storytelling and the extraordinary bonding potential of walking in solidarity to reconfigure the English polity as a welcoming space of listening and ‘appearance’.
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David Herd, Refugee Tales, asylum seekers, migration, storytelling, immigration detention, listening, walking in solidarity