Seminar – 28 January – Sayana Namsaraeva

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Tuesday 28 January 2020

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Sayana Namsaraeva

Palacky University, Olomouc

Dystopian Mongolia: Reconceptualization of the Home Country by Mongolian Asylum Seekers in the UK

Based on anonymized background papers of the Mongolian asylum seekers
in the UK, this presentation critically analyses  these ‘affectively
loaded’ documents (to use expression by Navaro-Yashin 2007) and their
attempts to present Mongolia as a failed state, in cataclysmic decline
and a degraded society. I argue,  that though the dystopic image of
Mongolia in their victimhood stories seems to be the result of
interaction between two actors – the UK legal system and illegal
migrants, these narratives cannot be viewed as entirely constructed,
since they contain worrying signs of a society in a deepening crisis.
So the question remains: will this dystopic image become a reality?

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