Deportationscentrene: Nationalstatens ingenmandsland: En analyse af rumlig og racial kontrol på Sjælsmark og Kærshovedgård

Charlotte Juul Olsson, Camille Sara Rudiengaard Rasmussen, Camilla Sørensen, Malene Tine Larsen, Kirsten Skovlund Asmussen & Lærke Johanne Kristensen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project investigates how the Danish deportation centers, Sjælsmark and ​ Kærshovedgård, can be seen as spaces anchored in structural racism. Drawing on the theoretical perspectives of Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Etienne Balibar and Sharad Chari, we perceive racism as closely tied to the nation state, materialising through racial and spatial control. Through a sensory and bodily ethnography, which – in collaboration with research participants – enables us to assess the material spaces, we analyze the centers’ secluded locations, fences, surveillance systems, interiors, lack of activities and the meal programs. We find that these are all expressions of racial and spatial control whereby the people living in the centers are produced as sub-humans and as a threat to the nation state’s security. We conclude that the racial and spatial configuration of the deportation centers makes the centers a no man’s land characterized by a tension between control and lawlessness. Thus the racists structures of the nation state materializes in the centres,
producing rejected asylum seekers facing deportation as invisible and as nonexistent.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2016
Antal sider78


  • Deportationscenter
  • Udrejsecenter
  • Udrejsecenter Sjælsmark
  • Udrejsecenter Kærshovedgård
  • Racisme
  • Strukturel racisme
  • afviste asylansøgere
  • materialitet
  • racial kontrol
  • rumlig kontrol
  • Abyssal thinking
  • Boaventura de Sousa Santos
  • Etienne Balibar
  • Sharad Chari