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When Spaces of Care Become Spaces of Obscured Violence at the Borders

Conference contribution
Authors Angeliki Dimaki-Adolfsen
Published in NORDES Conference 2019
Publisher NORDES
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Keywords Design Materialities, Borders, Humanitarian Design, Playspaces, Care, Violence
Subject categories Children, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Design


This paper explores the production of “care spaces” designed for and with migrants in the border zones of Europe. More specifically, I examine the relations between care derived by humanitarian aid and solidarian movements, and how design transforms this care to obscure border violence. Drawing upon critical border theories related to materialities of borders and upon the critical voices towards humanitarian design, I re-examine the concepts of humanitarian design and care spaces for children in the context of the island of Lesvos. This paper seeks to raise a debate around the thin red line between care, violence and new forms of colonialities derived by humanitarian design.

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