Recent trends in patterns of mobility, and specifically the spatial exclusion of exiles into detention centers and camps, point to an urgent need to re-examine different forms of narratives on migration and exile, and to the representation of transcultural memory in these settings. The article presents a qualitative and exploratory analysis of the visual and linguistic representation of the orthodox church in the Calais “Jungle”. The findings suggest that the representation of the church contributes to the construction of a collective memory, and that recurrent linguistic and visual formulae, or topoï, such as shared traditions and respect for the sacred, contribute to the commemorative function of the texts and images that represent the church. In addition, the analyses indicate that the commemorative function of the church contributes to the development of innovative modes of contestation and solidarity with the exiles.
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