A radical historicization shows that there is a link between borders in the Global North and the unsettling of communities in the Global South. It also shows that the current border regime is part of a larger and older project of colonial accumulation by displacement and expulsion; stealing wealth, labour force and time.
This Research School will focus on the historical and ongoing practices of displacement and expulsion, which not only take place across state borders but also include local practices targeting indigenous people, racialized citizens and the poor. In doing so, we engage with the following questions.
What continuities can we identify between past and present forms of expulsion and political and social abandonment?
What does the incorporation of the past and present colonial order have to offer to our analysis of different intersecting bordering practices?
What mechanisms are behind the spatial and temporal stretching of expulsion that expels people from the sphere of rights?
How do bordering practices shape specific ways of knowing about displacement and expulsion?
How can we study borders and bordering practices without becoming complicit with the world that has produced them?
What alternative ways are there to imagine the world beyond the territorial trap of the nation state?
The five-day program of the RS will offer collective interventions into the debate on these and more related questions.
“Along the Southern portion of the I-5 freeway in California appears a yellow sign depicting the silhouette of a man, woman, and female child in flight, captioned with text in black stating “Caution.” In the United States, the sign’s clear reference is to “illegal migration,” and serves as a meme for longstanding debates about immigration to the United States. But the sign has a different association in Europe, where the identical image of running man, woman and child has been popularly paired with the text “Welcome Refugees.” The sign’s history, and its afterlife as a symbol of bodies moving across nation-state borders reveals unpredictable resignification, and starkly diverging understandings of human flight.”
Date: Monday 16 September 2019
Time: 5.00 pm
Place: Konstnärsnämnden, Iaspis Studio 6
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm
Welcome to a conversation between artist and Iaspis grantholder Pedro Oliveira and anthropologist ShahramKhosravi on the culture of disbelief created in and by the asylum seeking process. In this process, bodies are turned into data to be read or into evidence to be used in evaluation of the deservingness of the asylum seeker. In an environment of scepticism, immigration authorities aim to discredit asylum claims rather than to establish their substance; this can take many forms, amongst them measuring and translation of body, matter, voice, and accent. Through performance and dialogue Pedro Oliveira and Shahram Khosravi will intervene on the different temporalities present in this process, transposing it back onto the domain of listening and speaking.
The Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course in collaboration with Critical Border Studies invite you to the public event:
The struggle of decolonization once primarily located outside of Europe, today has moved within its borders. What the media continue to call “refugee crisis”, “environmental crisis”, “economic crisis” are, in reality, the incapacity of Europe to come to terms to the condition of five hundred years of colonialism.
This public event is divided in three parts: a public seminar that introduces decolonial options and their relevance in the European context, followed by a public lecture by the renown philosopher Walter D. Mignolo who has been in last 40 years researching and teaching the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary and to conclude with an open discussion on decolonial artistic practices by using as a starting point, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti´s latest book Permanent Temporariness, a collection of research projects developed in over a decade of work within the artistic collective DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency).
Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 5.30 pm
Place: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Project Room
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, Sweden
The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent is a recently published book by design scholar Mahmoud Keshavarz. It’s an innovative study of the passport and its associated social, political and material practices as a means of uncovering the workings of ‘design politics’. It traces the histories, technologies, power relations and contestations around this small but powerful artefact to establish a framework for understanding how design is always enmeshed in the political, and how politics can be understood in terms of material objects.
Combining design studies with critical border studies, alongside ethnographic work among undocumented migrants, border transgressors and passport forgers, this book shows how a world made and designed as open and hospitable to some is strictly enclosed, confined and demarcated for many others – and how those affected by such injustices dissent from the immobilities imposed on them through the same capacity of design and artifice.
Venue: Ihresalen, Uppsala University, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3
“What if photographs depict what should not have been?” –Jacqueline Goldsby
I have been inconsistent in my relationship with and treatment of moving and still photographic images that depict what should not have been. In this lecture I will first briefly describe two projects in which visual documentation of premature violent death played a central role in the effort to organize evidence for political persuasion. Then, after showing the fragility of the projects’ underlying assumptions, I will explore social features and uses that shaped and shadowed the democratization of photographic image-making. Finally I will offer the outlines of a counter-narrative to highlight how we might usefully consider the co-constitutive interdependencies of consciousness, historical geography, and the machine, in the process of materializing objects that inspire subjects in struggle.
PARSE research trajectory on Art & Migration based at the University of Gothenburg calls for contributions that inquire into the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/crafts/design as well as other disciplines and practices. It concerns all the actors involved in these mobilities: the remarkable proliferation over recent years of heterogeneous human migration formations, including labour migrants and people seeking asylum, the border enforcement infrastructures that arise in response to these mobilities, as well as how these infrastructures incorporate market-based/migration industry actors.
We are interested in works that seek to apprehend or interrogate these complex alliances, antagonisms, and complicities, analysing or interpreting conditions where (nation-)states’ official infrastructures for border control coexist with migration industry infrastructures for border-crossing and market-based enterprises for border enforcement. These include border control through proliferating physical barricades, militarised policing, multilateral border cooperation, detention camps, deportation dragnets, and new strategies of surveillance; both formal and informal migration industry infrastructures (e.g. the outsourcing of migration visa processing, labour migrant recruitment agencies, remittance services, the rise of transit spaces along migration corridors, forged passport markets, migrant smuggling, amongst others); and private security contractors for offshore detention centres. Continue reading Open Call: “Art & Migration. Re-Making the World: Human Mobility, Border Violence, and Security Markets”