Tracing the Border Crossings of Forced Migrants in Paris’ 18th Arrondissement: Exploring a Photo-Walk Method

  • Henry Mainsah
  • Carolina Sanchez Boe
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


This chapter discusses a photographic walking research experiment that we conducted in the aftermath of a forced evacuation of asylum seekers by police from makeshift camps in Paris. By walking, photography and the analysis of material traces we develop relational embodied and reflexive methods for alternative ways of seeing, experiencing and telling the realities of border enforcement. We show how the process of walking and taking pictures together can open up a relational space where embodied knowledge, and the relationship between visual and other senses are articulated and where reflection and reflexivity among researchers can be enhanced. We argue that by looking at the minutiae, what is ordinarily overlooked, can produce a richer account of marginal spaces and experiences of the violence of border enforcement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Mainsah
    • 1
  • Carolina Sanchez Boe
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  3. 3.University of ParisParisFrance

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