Violences in the Social Intervention Industry

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Úrsula Santa Cruz Castillo

Almost a month ago, I experienced a situation of violence on the part of the company where I worked, the SURT Foundation (Fundación SURT). Before writing this text, I have spent much time thinking about the necessity and importance of making this act of violence public. After all, as many ex-colleagues of the Foundation say “It happens everywhere”, thus, from such understanding we could also say that many of the problems and injustices that we live day by day happen everywhere, then why talk about it if it is already normalized?

Violencias en la industria de la intervención social

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Úrsula Santa Cruz Castillo

Hace aproximadamente un mes viví una situación de violencia por parte de la empresa donde trabajaba, la “Fundación SURT”. He pensado mucho, antes de escribir este texto acerca de la necesidad y pertinencia de hacerlo y darlo a conocer. Después de todo, como dicen muchas excompañeras de la fundación “pasa en todos lados“ y entonces desde esa lectura también podríamos decir que como muchos de los problemas e injusticias que vivimos día a día pasan en todas partes, pues para qué vamos a hablar si ya está normalizado…

Belonging and Participation in the Nordic societies

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Exploratory workshop organised by NordHOME
November 10-11, 2016, University of Turku, Finland​

This workshop seeks to question understandings of Nordic and national identities that rely on notions of homogeneity and to critically examine their effects on the lives of migrants and minorities. Moreover, it aims to open up discussions of how new understandings of belonging and forms of participation can be created in/through research, politics, activism and everyday encounters (in digital environments, city spaces, welfare practices etc.). How do​ migrants and minority organizations create spaces for participation in local, national and transnational politics? What kinds of notions of belonging and participation are created in policies, institutional practices and civil society mobilisations? How are power relations based on race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality negotiated in institutional encounters and social movement activities? How do discourses of societal security shape understandings of belonging and participation in the Nordic societies?

Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions

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Editors: Sandeep Bakshi (University of Le Havre), Suhraiya Jivraj (University of Kent) and
Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck, University of London)
Counterpress, Oxford, 2016

Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions contributes to the critical field of queer decolonial studies by demonstrating how sexuality, race, gender and religion intersect transnationally. The volume maps some of the specifically local issues as well as the common ones affecting queer/trans people of colour (qtpoc). The contributions are not delimited by traditional academic style but rather draw on creative inspiration to produce knowledge and insight through various styles and formats, including poetry, essays, statements, manifestos, as well as academic mash-ups. Queering coloniality and the epistemic categories that classify people means to disobey and delink from the coloniality of knowledge and of being. At this intersection, decolonial queerness is necessary not only to resist coloniality but, above all, to re-exist and re-emerge decolonially.

Cuando la intransigencia le gana a la política

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Este texto, en principio, iba a ser leído junto con otros manifiestos al término de la Manifestación por la Despatologización Trans de Barcelona, el pasado sábado 22. Lamentablemente la organización se negó hasta en tres ocasiones a incluirlo en la lista, detrás de las demás asociaciones que ya se encontraban en el orden de lectura, argumentando que “habíamos llegado fuera de tiempo”. Lamentamos profundamente que la inflexibilidad por “cumplir el programa”, se imponga a lo que otras transexuales tengamos que decir…

¿Derechos políticos o derechos de privilegiados?

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Hoy, en Barcelona, y otras ciudades de España, hay personas encarceladas en un CIE; encerradas gracias a leyes y cuerpos policiales racistas y clasistas que les intimidan, provocan y maltratan por no tener voz, por no tener derecho a circular y vivir dignamente, POR SER INMIGRANTES o hijos de inmigrantes. Los 68 presos en huelga de hambre en el CIE de Zona Franca piden que se les devuelva su libertad y su dignidad, igual que los compañeros del CIE de Aluche hacían la semana pasada…

Strike in asylum home Vič – Ljubljana

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Please READ the statement of asylum seekers from Slovenia.

It does not matter what was the reason for us to leave our homes or where we come from, but we are now in Slovenia and we want to live as a part of the society and the main problems that we are facing are the slowly procedures, the inefficient bureaucracy.

A lot of people are staying here for years, some 10 months or more and we are getting 18 euro per month which we are getting very rarely plus we are not allowed to earn our money by ourselves although we are doctors engineers, students of computer science, businessmen, economists, workers… but we are not allowed to work here and there is no support or help given to us by the government to teach us the Slovene language or to help us to be a part and continue our life in the Slovenian society.

The ministry of the interior affairs is intentionally slowing down the asylum procedures and because of that a lot of people are leaving Slovenia. In the last two years, every bureaucrat, decision maker, solves only one case per month!!! And only 11% of the asylum applications are solved positively! […]

Decolonizing Transgender in the North

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4th Nordic Transgender Studies Symposium
The Centre for Gender Studies (CGF), Karlstad University
October 11 – 13, 2016.

The conference will be devoted to questions of decoloniality and its meaning for Trans Studies and trans politics. The conference will addresses a range of topics in relation to decolonisation among others, inner-nordic colonialisation of Sámi and Inuit, reflections on transgender terminologies, anglocentricity and cultural dissonances with the Scandinavian context. Furthermore intersections between transgender politics, ecology, race, nationalism and religion, mobility, border politics, migration and many more important discussions will feed into the debates and the presentations…

LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav Space

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Bojan Bilić (ed.)
Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016

Europe and the European Union are unavoidable, if ambiguous, political references in the post-Yugoslav space. This volume interrogates the forms and implications of the increasingly potent symbolic nexus that has developed between non-heterosexual sexualities, LGBT activism(s) and Europeanisation(s) in all of the Yugoslav successor states.

Contributors to this book show how the long EU accession process disseminates discursive tools employed in LGBT activist struggles for human rights and equality. This creates a linkage between “Europeanness” and “gay emancipation” which elevates certain forms of gay activist engagement and perhaps also non-heterosexuality, more generally, to a measure of democracy, progress and modernity. At the same time, it relegates practices of intolerance to the LGBT community to the status of non-European primitivist Other who is inevitably positioned in the patriarchal past that should be left behind.