This essay explores the encounters through which individuals and their communities are territorialized and deterritorialized. Thinking through Henri Bergson's lines of ascent and descent, this article looks at migration and seeking refuge. It makes links between the colonization of New South Wales, Australia, and its people in the late 1700s, and the treatment of present-day refugees caught indefinitely in Australian offshore detention centers. It draws on stories of the author's own territorialization as a child and seeks new ways of understanding encounters with difference, and movement across borders.

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