The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 9

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This special volume, guest edited by RhodesMustFall, provides the first ‘live archive’ of a movement born at the University of Cape Town that has now reached other South African campuses and is clamoring for the decolonization of knowledge and of the university. Twenty years after the formal ending of Apartheid, South Africa has reached the kind of threshold so vividly foreseen by Frantz Fanon in his famous chapter, “Pitfalls of national consciousness” (The Wretched of the Earth). As the former national liberation movement – now the ruling party – keeps extolling the virtues of accommodationism, a massive anger, even rage, is mounting especially among the ‘born free’ and the multitudes of the disenfranchised.

Did things have to come to this? How can we explain the persistence of white supremacist attitudes in almost every sector of life? What does it mean to be black in post-Apartheid South Africa? Is the post- in ‘post-Apartheid’ the same as the post in ‘postcolonial’? Shouldn’t we be thinking, rather, in terms of ‘decolonization’? How would a decolonized university look like once the strictures of Eurocentrism are destroyed?

Signal #1 – Writings on the Freedom of Movement

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Spring 2015

During the last few years, the problems inherent in European immigration and asylum policy have given rise to a heated debate. The political movements initiated by migrants themselves, which are gaining in intensity throughout Europe, have made the biggest contribution of all to the wider acknowledgement of these problems.

Signal collects information on the experience of migrants and their political struggles. In the articles and images of this publication, artists, activists, and researchers share their knowledge of the situation faced by migrants in Finland and in the EU.This is a part of a project called 9 Gatherings, a collaboration between Free Movement Network and the Kiila Association of Writers and Artists. It is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. This project creates new relationships between residents and those foreigners that are living in precarious conditions.

Demonstration against the wall on the Serbian-Hungarian border

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14 of July, 2015, Nyugati square, Budapest

While the wall is in direct opposition with the ideas, enshrined in the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, which seeks to protect those fleeing persecution in their own country, we oppose the wall, as it is the extreme embodiment of the principles of the restrictive EU migration policies. While valid travel documents are required to enter “legally” into the EU, and these documents are virtually impossible to obtain for most of the people born in Africa, Asia, people have no choice but to travel “illegally”. The European migration policy thus creates illegality, but then also builds walls and erects border in order to supposedly “fight illegal migration” – the very illegality of which it has produced through its legislation and policy. We are opposing this wall because we believe border controls are injust, freedom of movement and settlement is everybody’s right and no human being should ever be declared “illegal”.

No human being is illegal! Freedom of movement for all! Documents for all, or all without documents! Solidarity with migrants everywhere!

No Border Serbia collective

Silvia Federici y Cristina Vega. Comunes, feminismo e instituciones

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9 de julio de 2015
Lugar: La Hidra Cooperativa

Tema: conversación sobre el problema de la reproducción, la hipótesis de los comunes y la entrada de los movimientos sociales a las instituciones. ¿Qué papel tienen que jugar las curas en el actual marco de asalto institucional?, y ¿que nos pueden enseñar al respecto las experiencias latinoamericanas?