LAYING CLAIM TO THE LIMINAL
By Arshiya Lokhandwala

Today, the world is in crisis. An estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself. War, exile, immigration and migration undoubtedly further perpetuate a rift between nations. Through the process of migration, many countries are now simultaneously countries of origin, destination and transit. Historian Benedict Anderson has suggested the nation is constructed from a symbolic position rather than a geographic one, where the construction of borders is also a product of the imaginary. His notion that the "imagined community" is a space constantly constructed with the possibility of questions being continually posed, creating states of utopia and dystopia in the nation-state and the people.




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