East: bodies, borders and zonification

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The European unification, as Philomena Essed argues, has been foremost a project of whiteness. In a time, when it is said that Eastern Europe no longer exists, when Western Europe is also named “former”, the process of disappearance of certain borders implies its simultaneous multiplication and conversion into zones, border regions or territories. East is today operating as one of them. How, then, the way we conceptualize Europe changes if we rethink the silenced colonial/imperial history of European migration politics through the West-East relation of repetition, together with the coloniality of gender, the control of subjectivity and knowledge, the most extreme forms of exclusion and politics of death today? What potentialities for resistance are coming out from such analysis?

Este: cuerpos, fronteras y zonificación

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La unificación europea, como sostiene Philomena Essed, ha sido ante todo un proyecto de blanquitud. En un momento en el que se dice que Europa del Este ya no existe, cuando Europa del Oeste también se denomina “antigua”, el proceso de desaparición de ciertas fronteras implica su multiplicación simultánea y su conversión en zonas, regiones o territorios fronterizos. El Este opera hoy como uno de ellos. ¿Cómo, entonces, cambia la forma en que conceptualizamos Europa si repensamos la historia silenciada colonial/imperial de la política migratoria europea a través de la relación de repetición Oeste-Este, junto con la colonialidad del género, el control de la subjetividad y del conocimiento, las formas más extremas de exclusión y la política de muerte actual? ¿Qué potencialidades para la resistencia surgen de este análisis?

Signal #2 – Writings on the freedom of movement

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Signal – Writings on the freedom of movement / Kirjoituksia liikkumisen vapaudesta is a multilingual (mostly ENG/FI) publication on migration issues published by the Free Movement Network Finland. It aims to provide a platform for critical, positional and activist knowledge on current border policies, migrant rights’ struggles and lived mobilities in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.

Comunicado del Sindicato Popular de Vendedores Ambulantes sobre las Conclusiones de la Mesa de Ciudad

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A día de hoy la represión ha sido la única política que ha sido capaz de desplegar el actual gobierno. La Guardia Urbana y policía secreta nos vigilan y acosan todos los días, sobre todo a los compañeros portavoces del Sindicato, buscando intimidar y desmovilizarnos. Además, ahora esta persecución será en colaboración con los Mossos d’Esquadra. También queremos informar que se está castigando la solidaridad de las personas y colectivos que nos apoyan en esta lucha, realizando identificaciones sin razón.

New Keywords: Migration and Borders

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Edited by Nicholas De Genova, Sandro Mezzadra and John Pickles

“New Keywords: Migration and Borders” is a collaborative writing project aimed at developing a nexus of terms and concepts that fill-out the contemporary problematic of migration. It moves beyond traditional and critical migration studies by building on cultural studies and post-colonial analyses, and by drawing on a diverse set of longstanding author engagements with migrant movements. The paper is organized in four parts (i) Introduction, (ii) Migration, Knowledge, Politics, (iii) Bordering, and (iv) Migrant Space/Times. The keywords on which we focus are: Migration/Migration Studies; Militant Investigation; Counter-mapping; Border Spectacle; Border Regime; Politics of Protection; Externalization; Migrant Labour; Differential inclusion/exclusion; Migrant struggles; and Subjectivity.

The Culture of Coloniality

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by Daniela Ortiz
published in Decolonizing Museums, edited by Internationale Online

In a context of extreme colonial violence which the migrant and refugee populations are currently experiencing in Europe, it can be useful and necessary to think about decolonising the museum. But there is a danger that it may become a matter that is totally out of context and even insulting if it does not place at its centre a discussion concerning the situation that is currently imposed by Europe’s migratory control system on which people come from the former colonies. Decolonising a cultural institution does not just mean considering the matter and organising exhibitions and seminars. In the current context, decolonising a museum requires a constant effort to take a position in regard to the migratory control system; it requires accepting that it is impossible to continue programming activities and events while there is a total normalisation of the existence of Migrant Detention Centres, forced deportation flights on a mass and individual scale, individuals with semi-rights and anti-rights, and situations of extreme violence in border zones which are the local contexts where these projects are presented. Decolonising a museum means sending letters to the Ministry of Interior, organising press conferences to condemn the use of culture in the discourse of integration, making the legal apparatus of the museum available to persecuted people; it means acknowledging the level of urgency imposed in the European context by the backbone of coloniality.

Speaking against the Void: Decolonial Transfeminist Relations and its Radical Potential

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If postsocialism is not at all postcolonial, decolonial transfeminist re-reading of capitalism in its correspondence with coloniality of gender and racism profoundly related with class and gender can shed new light to relational processes of colonial/imperial differentiation and subjectification across former communist/socialist space and Global South, and in order to disrupt the monolithic history of feminism allows us to tackle the ticklish subject of feminist struggle from marginalized/minoritized positions, as well as to re-think the new possibilities for building critical alliances transversally with a vision of pluriversal future. Here, the imaginary and affective dimension is playing one of the crucial roles to be taken into analysis.

What is Domitila doing there?

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by Trenza Collective

Dozen of pages are written about all the actors and subjects involved: about Not Dressed to Conquer/ Haute Couture 4. Transport, about the Spanish curators Paul Preciado and Valentin Roma, and the German co-curators Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler, about the artists, the director, the King, the Queen as a sponsor of the museum, the Macba and their contract with the Wurttemberg Kunstverein. And of all these people not a single person questions if a helmeted, naked Domitila trapped between a dog and the king of Spain is really a critique of colonialism. The only statement by Doujak that is cited is the one she gives last December in the São Paulo Biennial, about how the work “plays with power relations and subverts them.” In the center of all gazes, in the very middle of an artwork that supposedly criticizes colonialism, Domitila and what she represents remains invisible to all. Here in the most mediatic moment a political artist concerned with oppression could wish for, Ines Doujak says nothing. Neither do the curators. Nobody speaks up or seems to be bothered by the objectualization of Domitila. The whole perspective that would make her struggle as a political subject to be understood is missing.

The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 8

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Volume 8 of The Johannesburg Salon is now live. Curated by Ayana Smythe (University of California, Santa Barbara), Megan Jones (University of Stellenbosch), Leigh-Ann Naidoo (University of the Witwatersrand) and Achille Mbembe (University of the Witwatersrand), it captures the form and spirit of “Archives of the Non-Racial”, the Mobile Workshop organized in 2014 by The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) and the Seminar in Experimental Critical Thought (SECT) of the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Current features include: Angela Davis on her life in the struggle against racism; Achille Mbembe on the dream of a world free from the burden of race; Ruha Benjamin on what we owe each other, Joshua Williams on the sort of community envisioned by the first-person plural “we”; Casey Golomski on memories of Apartheid-era Swaziland; Jorge Campos on reading John Berger from the back of the bus; Pule Welch on the idea of the human race; Kirk Sides on anti-racism and the ethics of listening; Nicky Falkof on extracts from an abortive travelogue, written in the style of Hunter S. Thompson; handwritten notes by Fredo Rivera; Helen Douglas on why the wheels in her head go round and round; Josslyn Luckett on the chronicles of a comic mulatta; Tania Lizarazo on moving utopia; Simon Abramowitsch his notes from Berkeley to South Africa; Tana Nolethu Forrest’s photo essay on affective journeying; Tjasa Kancler’s documentary video; texts and images by Naadira Patel; Sarah Godsell’s notebook as a holding space for thought and emotion; Federico Navarrete on metaphors of racialization and sexuality in the Americas; Danai Mupotsa’s Qunu poems; Ghassan Hage’s handwritten notes; Roberta Estrela D’Alva’s poems; Kelly Gillespie on the bus as method and Sharad Chari on how to get off the bus.