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Mistranslating Vulnerability: A Defense for Hearing

Urquiza-Haas, Nayeli (2017) Mistranslating Vulnerability: A Defense for Hearing. Tilburg Law Review, 22 (1-2). pp. 5-30. ISSN 2211-0046. (doi:10.1163/22112596-02201002) (KAR id:75316)

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Immigration case-workers in the uk hear endless stories about flight and persecution by people claiming asylum. However, asylum claims are fragile due to the logocen- tric foreclosures to the acoustic registers in asylum testimonies. In view of the fragility of refugee narratives of flight, legal safeguards aim to create the right conditions for interviewees’ testimonies. Yet, this article suggests refugee status determination pro- cesses sideline the sound of vulnerability by falsely interpreting testimonies that ap- pear to be incomprehensible as untrue or as exceptional accounts of vulnerability. But silenced or fragmented testimonies are not necessarily untrue or devoid of meaning; their meaning is tied to the marginalization of phone in the logocentric logic in law. Instead of accepting the voices of asylum-seekers as aphonic, this article heeds the call to hear the acoustic uniqueness of testimonies, drawing on Adriana Cavarero’s vocal philosophy.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/22112596-02201002
Uncontrolled keywords: vulnerability, asylum testimonies, Cavarero, logocentrism, vocal philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
K Law
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Nayeli Urquiza
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 11:05 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 12:19 UTC
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