Fungibility at the border: selfies, proxies, and (faux) self-representations in the European border regime

  • Anouk Madörin University of Potsdam
Keywords: selfie, migration, media, race, fungibility

Abstract

The article argues that the (new) media landscape of the European border regime rehearses colonial and slavocratic tropes often excised from canonical narratives of Fortress Europe, namely the fungibility of the other’s body and self. By discussing examples of (feigned) refugee self-representation, I demonstrate how the ostensible oppositionality of race and racial thinking (primitive past) and technology (modern future) fundamentally erodes in the European border regime while contributing to the further erasure of those most harshly targeted by it. The examined self-representations are caught in fungibility as the gaze of the other is circumvented by a proxy, instituting a relation of substitution that inherently depends on the erasure of the racialized subject for the purpose of white enjoyment.

Author Biography

Anouk Madörin, University of Potsdam

Anouk Madörin is researching the surveillance and security architecture of the European Border Regime from a postcolonial perspective. Her research interests include visual and digital culture, media theory, postcolonialism, border studies, racial capitalism, the history of technology and gender and sexuality. She holds a PhD from the University of Potsdam, an MA in Cultural Theory and History from Humboldt-University of Berlin and a BA in Gender Studies from the University of Basel.

Published
2022-02-07
How to Cite
Madörin, A. (2022). Fungibility at the border: selfies, proxies, and (faux) self-representations in the European border regime. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 11(2). Retrieved from https://globalmediajournal.de/index.php/gmj/article/view/212