About the Author

Emma Patchett

E-Mail: emma.patchett@kcl.ac.uk

Emma Patchett is an independent postdoctoral scholar. She was most recently a Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kultur,” Bonn, where her postdoctoral research focused on minority legal cultures and the European spatial imaginary. Prior to this she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, exploring the legal spatiality of refugees and the borders of the state in offshore detention regimes. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the University of Muenster, where she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the CoHaB (diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging) ITN. Her doctoral research examined legal spatiality in the context of the contemporary literature of the Roma diaspora. She has had work published in Polémos, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Law and Literature. She co-edited the collection Spatial Justice and Diaspora with Sarah Keenan (Counterpress, 2017), and has recently published a monograph, Spacing (in) Diaspora: Law, Literature and the Roma (De Gruyter, 2017).

Contributions by Author: Emma Patchett

Law Undone

Corporeal Subversion in Mariella Mehr’s Stoneage

From 1926 to 1972, an anti-nomadic program was put in place in Switzerland in which Yenish children were ruthlessly hunted down by the Ouevre d’entraide aux enfants de la grand-route (Association for Assistance to Traveller Children). [1] In total, around six hundred Yenish children were forcibly removed from their parents and put in foster homes, orphanages, prisons, or asylums as wards of the state. […]