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Deportation Discs

Public Hearing
15-16 November 2018 The Bartlett School of Architecture 22 Gordon Street London WC1H 0QB


This two day public hearing presents two sonic portraits produced and recorded by Luke de Noronha and two individuals - Chris and Denico - who moved to the UK as children and were deported to Jamaica as adults, following interaction with the criminal justice system. These portraits - ‘the Deportation Discs’ - are presented alongside a wall of texts; extracts from the legal and policy frameworks of the United Kingdom, guidelines governing the ‘coming home’ or ‘taking back’ of individuals, and reflections on legal and media representations of place, identity, home and belonging.

The situating of this work within the Bartlett, a school of the Built Environment, is a purposive move; on the one hand, a critique of the encroachment of border enforcement into academic spaces, and on the other, an acknowledgement that racist, hostile policies are constructions in and of themselves. This work suggests that the project of dreaming up future worlds should be as much about dismantling oppressive constructions, as creatively building alternative, inclusive futures.

Join us for an informal discussion on the work at 6.30pm on Friday 16th.

This is a free event, but please bring along cash in case you want to make a donation to Chris and Denico.


Luke is a researcher and writer working on deportation, racism and immigration control. He recently completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Oxford (COMPAS) and has been teaching at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the Sociological Review Fellow at Keele University for 2018/19, and is writing a book provisionally titled ‘Deporting Black Britons’: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica’.


If you are attending and need help with any mobility requirements you may have, please contact Thandi or Miranda so we can assist where possible. There is also detailed information on the building here. Don't hesitate to get in touch.