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9 January 2015

Oxford Brookes co-hosts Canadian migrant detention seminar

Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford co-hosted a seminar by Tings Chak on the graphic novel ‘Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention’. ‘Undocumented’ examines immigration detention as a growing industry in Canada.

The seminar was held on Monday 8 December 2014 at the University of Oxford. It was organised by Border Criminologies at the University of Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University’s Place, Culture and Identity research group.

‘Undocumented’ explores the role of architecture in the context of an immigration detention centre and the “invisibilised reality of immigration detention in Canada”. It also looks to examine and represent both those who are detained in the detention centres, and the people who design these spaces.

Tings Chak is an architect and multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her Master of Architecture research into immigration detention centres earned her a Kuwabara-Jackman Thesis Gold Medal. Her work with No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network led to the creation of the graphic novel.