An article that refuses to write itself


  • Vita Zelenska Leibniz ScienceCampus Regensburg


The essay discusses the failure of the author to theorise refusal in relation to the politics of migration. As I try to understand why theorising refusal failed, I am reminded of the all-too-familiar trope of ethnography: the romanticisation of the resistant subject. Taking Tina Campt’s definition of refusal as a starting point, I proceed with autoethnographic critique. I emphasise the stakes of the refusal to accept the terms of the system that “renders you illegible”, (Campt 2019, 83) while arguing against the instrumentalisation of detention experiences.

How to Cite

Zelenska, V. (2023). An article that refuses to write itself. Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 201(2), 261–.