Darwin after dark: illuminating suburban atmospheres

Lobo, Michele 2013, Darwin after dark: illuminating suburban atmospheres, in SOAC 2013: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2013, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Sydney, NSW.

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Title Darwin after dark: illuminating suburban atmospheres
Author(s) Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Conference name State of Australian Cities National Conference, Sydney 2013
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 26-29 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings SOAC 2013: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2013
Editor(s) Ruming, Kristian
Randolph, Bill
Gurran, Nicole
Publication date 2013
Conference series State of Australian Cities
Total pages 11
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Keyword(s) Darwin
affective atmospheres
asylum seekers
suburban space
Summary In Australian cities, culturally diverse suburban landscapes are often sensed as discomforting sites of fear and anxiety, particularly after dark. Imagined risks of encounters with bodies of colour easily policed during the day when vision is clear, but who escape biopolitical regimes of securitisation and surveillance at night contribute to such atmospheric qualities of place. These affective atmospheres of fear and anxiety that haunt bodies and limit their ability to inhabit public space, however, can provide a sense of freedom for bodies who claim suburban spaces of darkness through tactile and sonic senses. This paper draws on the contemporary literature on affective atmospheres to show how racialised Indigenous and asylum seeker bodies become present in different ways in suburban places in Darwin after dark. The paper focuses on two events – spontaneous dancing to Indigenous music at Mindil beach market and a Vigil commemorating asylum seeker lives in a suburban courtyard. Drawing on ethnographic research I explore these affective intervention that illuminate dark suburban atmospheres in Darwin. Such interventions that draw attention to the attunement of bodies to difference unsettle biopolitical regimes that victimise and patronise visible non-white bodies and contribute to rethinking racism and darkness in suburban Darwin and the Top End.
ISBN 1740440331
Language eng
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Field of Research 160403 - Social and Cultural Geography
Socio Economic Objective 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
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