Summary

I completed a BA degree in Geography in Eritrea, a degree in Liberal Arts in Egypt, and an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS University of London, and am currently a PhD student in the School of Education, University of Glasgow.

MA dissertation topic – Refugee Trafficking in a Carceral Age: A Case Study of the Sinai Trafficking. Drawing on Agamben’s political theory, I explored the link between refugees’ status in modern political life and trafficking crimes committed against such persons. I argued that refugees are reduced to ‘bare life’—which, according to Agamben, is a form of life that can be killed with impunity—and examined the Sinai trafficking as a typical example of the dismay of this form of life in Agamben’s political theory. I scrutinized why the Sinai trafficking has gone unpunished, concluding that it is because its victims are refugees reduced to bare lives.

Currently, I am working on my PhD project: The Plight of Eritrean Refugees in a Carceral Age. My PhD project focuses on the concept of ‘refugee’ as a progressively nascent figure of a-political life as opposed to the ‘citizen’. I think deconstruction of the binary ‘citizen’-‘bare life’ as the realm of rights (the former) versus a realm of a-political life (the latter) would blur the distinction between the two and put into question rights citizens take for granted. I suspect that the way the modern ‘nation-state’ is fashioned poses not only an imminent threat to ‘the refugee’ but also signals danger to humanity in general. Moreover, I have a persistent curiosity to question modalities of punishment and control that are responsible not only for the creation of refugees but also for the securitisation of their ‘unprotected status’ and its subsequent elimination from the political life.

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