Endangerment Reframed

Portrait of a Contested Migration

Keywords: migration, remoteness, endangerment, photography, storytelling


Spectacular images of the Afghan Pamirs tend to convey an impression of extreme remoteness and to conflate endangerment in perceptions of Afghan Kyrgyz migrations. But how can endangerment sensibilities meet the aesthetics of strategic mobilizations without downplaying contestation? In mobilizing text and images, this essay intends to conciliate an aesthetic practice with analytical considerations.

Author Biography

Tobias Marschall, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Tobias Marschall currently pursues a PhD in anthropology at the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID). His thesis considers the image of remoteness along Afghan Kyrgyz migration routes in north-eastern Afghanistan. Between 2015 and 2019, he grounded his visual ethnography in walking along the paths of the Afghan Pamirs, in attending migrants’ Central Asian nodes and in participating in their online extension.

How to Cite
Marschall, Tobias. 2021. “Endangerment Reframed : Portrait of a Contested Migration”. TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 26 (June):221-37. https://doi.org/10.36950/tsantsa.2021.26.7367.
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