Bodies Making Spaces: Understanding the Airport as a Site of Dissonance

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Trakilović theorizes the airport as a site where cultural/European notions of belonging are negotiated and controlled. Focusing on Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the chapter approaches both the airport itself as well as its nearby detention center as one complex cultural phenomenon, from which Schiphol emerges as a site of heritage dissonance. Taking a phenomenological approach, the chapter explores what it means to be an embodied subject at the airport, taking the narrative of a Syrian newcomer who is relocated to the detention center as well as the author’s own experience of the airport as its analytical starting points. The selective processes of in- and exclusion at the airport are thereby seen as emblematic of larger exclusionary practices towards the Other in Europe.




Trakilović, M. (2019). Bodies Making Spaces: Understanding the Airport as a Site of Dissonance. In Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict (pp. 137–156). Palgrave Macmillan.

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