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Performing the Space of Disappearance: Elliptic, Synesthetic and Elastic Concentrationary Spaces

Pamela Colombo

Most scholarly research has focussed on the spatial dimension of concentration camps in order to address how space was used to intensify the dehumanization process or to make the annihilation more “effective” (Sofsky, 1997; Agamben, 2000). In these works victims are addressed as subjects that can only suffer the space as a pre-existing reality that precedes subjects perception. Focusing my attention into the lived and imagined dimension of space, the aim of this paper is to explore the way in which concentrationary spaces exist not only as part of a State policy but also as the result of how the victims who are confined there, experience and imagine these spaces. In other words, subjects do not only suffer or resist camp spaces but also produce them. In this sense, concentrationary spaces exist as the result of a “deployed” violence and a “lived” violence.

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