Photo Essays: Culture, Norms, & Identity

Stuck in Limbo: (In)Hospitality of the West Towards Migrants

Subverting the norm of hospitality at borders does not always require physical force– increasingly it is being done by states weaponizing time. Deploying temporal measures not only situates migrants at borders in a timeless limbo, but it also takes away from them agency and creates new conceptions of the ‘other.’

Refugee ‘or’ a woman?

This essay looks at the life of Jessie, a Palestinian refugee, photographed by Robin Hammond as a part of the Where Love is Illegal project. We connect Jessie’s life experiences as she comes to terms with her sexual and gender identity in a stigmatized refugee camp and discriminatory society in her host country with insights from Sara Ahmed’s paper “Affective Economy”

Norm Non-compliance and Erasures of Connected Memory – A Case Study of Dunkin Donuts

Norms are a catalyst of change in the behavior of states and entities. Exploring this relationship, this essay takes a realist perspective to understand the behavior of transnational entities when they are faced with contrasting cultures of normative ideals. Through a case study of the racist ad campaign by Dunkin Donuts, this essay argues that it’s contrasting normative positions led to erasures of connected memory that led to the double marginalization of the black community.

Making Compassion The Norm: A View From Portugal

Despite the waning of global support on the US-led War on Drugs, The norms of anti-drug and anti-addict practices have been rapidly adopted by states in the global south, particularly Latin America. Beyond a shift in rhetoric regarding these practices, The only visible shift in offering a solution in aiding the normalization of these norms appears to lie in a drug policy that actively seeks to take care of its citizens, its addicts, one offered up by the state of Portugal.