An ethnography of the Dutch asylum procedure


This project explores the professional (visualizing) practices of the Dutch asylum procedures. By observing its legal negotiations I explore how configurations of (non-)truthful refugeeness are made visible and legible, forming the grounds for decisions over who may (not) legally ‘enter’ the Netherlands. I explore how national borders and images of (non-)belonging are shaped and enacted via the procedure. And I study the work of emotions in a legal field that is designed to keep certain ‘emotion’ out of its decision-making. As this is an ethnographic study I look at the procedure as a complex, historically contingent, social situation; this study is an attempt to see – and add to – parts of that complexity.