This is a project by DAAR@Berlage in collaboration with Lieven De Cauter. Participants: Sanne Van Den Breemer, Patricia Fernandes, Gabriel A. Cuellar, Zhongqi Ren, Sai Shu, Rizki M. Supratman.

This study is our contribution to the return to Jaffa-Tel Aviv project, commissioned by Badil, the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights and Zochrot, a non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness of the Palestinian Nakba. The projects presented here thus seek to chart out and intervene within a wider field of possible political, social and cultural practices of return. Practices of return might include elements of daily life in refugee camps, and the interaction of the idea of return with the built reality of the camp – often a form of architecture that seeks to communicate temporariness – practices through which the camps become spheres of action carved out of state sovereignty. They might also include the material practices of memory, archaeology being one of them, or other cultural and artistic practices that operate within an extraterritorial space but always in relation to an imagined one.

Further Readings

The Production of Space, Political Subjectivication and the Folding of Polarity: the case of Deheishe Camp, Palestine, Nasser Abourahme and Sandi Hilal (2009)

Commonwealth, Antonio Negri and Michael Hard (2011)

The Common in Revolt, Judith Revel and Tony Negri (2011)

The Public and the Common. Some approximations to their contemporary articulation, Andrea Mubi Brighenti, 2011

The Paris Commune, Badiou

The crisis of parliamentary democracy, Carl Schmitt (1923)

– Durantaye, L. (2008). Homo profanus: Giorgio Agamben’s Profane Philosophy. Boundary, 2, 35:3.

– Evans, J. (2009). Where lawlessness is law: the settler-colonial frontier as a legal space of violence. The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 30, Jun.