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  • Ground Sea: Photography and the Right to Be Reborn
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  • Hilde Van Gelder
  • 2021
  • Published by: Leuven University Press
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TWO-VOLUME SET

Viewing the Strait of Dover through the lens of photography theory

Imagine a world in which each individual has a fundamental right to be reborn. This idle dream haunts Hilde Van Gelder’s associative travelogue that takes Allan Sekula’s sequence Deep Six / Passer au bleu (1996/1998) as a touchstone for a dialogue with more recent artworks zooming in on the borderscape near the Channel Tunnel, such as those by Sylvain George and Bruno Serralongue.

Combining ethnography, visual materials, political philosophy, cultural geography, and critical analysis, Ground Sea proceeds through an innovative methodological approach. Inspired by the meandering writings of W.G. Sebald, Javier Marías, and Roland Barthes, Van Gelder develops a style both interdisciplinary and personal.

Resolutely opting for an aquatic perspective, Ground Sea offers a powerful meditation on the indifference of an increasingly divided European Union with regard to considerable numbers of persons on the move, who find themselves stranded close to Calais. The contested Strait of Dover becomes a microcosm where our present global challenges of migration, climate change, human rights, and neoliberal surveillance technology converge.

Read more on the book's dedicated website: www.groundsea.be

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content). Ebook available in Open Access.

"The book is about those who are stranded close to the sea but at the same time about all of us, who will have to accept that learning to sail or float on water will increasingly be our fate if we do not succeed to work together to contain the rise in sea levels.", Hilde Van Gelder

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. Volume I
  1. Preface: Water-Bound
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. Embarkation Bone Point
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. Introduction: Sea-Stricken
  2. pp. 63-96
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  1. Part I - Blade
  1. Chapter 1: Running on Water
  2. pp. 99-130
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  1. Chapter 2: Ground Sea
  2. pp. 131-167
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. 168-176
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  1. Chapter 3: Ossuary
  2. pp. 177-214
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  1. Chapter 4: Kairology
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. Chapter 5: Reliquiae
  2. pp. 243-290
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 291-318
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  1. Deep Six / Passer au bleu, 1996/1998
  2. pp. 319-360
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  1. Volume II
  1. Part II - Shuttle
  1. Chapter 6: The Right to Reappear
  2. pp. 378-419
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  1. Chapter 7: Naming the Person without a Name
  2. pp. 420-457
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  1. Chapter 8: Fools & Rights: Leaves for an Illustrated Reader
  2. pp. 458-512
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. 513-529
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  1. Chapter 9: This Precious Jewel
  2. pp. 530-577
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  1. Chapter 10: Plotting
  2. pp. 578-631
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  1. At Anchor: Pearl Diving
  2. pp. 632-673
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 674-701
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  1. Bibliography
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