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Epistemic Decolonization of Migration: Digital Witnessing of Crisis and Borders in For Sama

Nadica Denić    Universiteit van Amsterdam, Nederland    

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abstract

This chapter analyses how digital witnessing of migration in documentary auto-ethnography contributes towards epistemic decolonization. I focus on For Sama (Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019) as a case study, a letter-film that memorializes key events in al-Kateab’s everyday life during the Syrian Civil War that shaped her decision to migrate to Europe. By considering the relation between documentary, citizen media, and decoloniality, I argue that digital witnessing in For Sama provides affective access to migration motivations that challenges their reductionist categorization and pluralizes audience understanding of ‘crisis’ and ‘borders’.

Published
Jan. 26, 2023
Accepted
Oct. 21, 2022
Submitted
July 13, 2022
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-678-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-677-0

Keywords: Documentary auto-ethnographyBorderscapeCrisis ordinarinessMigrant VoicesDecoloniality of knowledge

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