Δευτέρα, 29 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Crossing borders - Διεθνές συνέδριο

Σε μία δραματική κορύφωση του προσφυγικού με πολύπλευρες και τεράστιες διαστάσεις, έχει ιδιαίτερη σημασία για μένα να συμμετέχω στην οργανωτική επιτροπή αυτού του διεθνούς συνεδρίου.

Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS

The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies in collaboration with the University of Aegean (Laboratory EKNEXA-Department of Sociology) announce the world conference.



* Θερμές ευχαριστίες στον Γιάννη Μπεχράκη -Reuters  για την παραχώρηση της φωτογραφίας του, ώστε να γίνει η κεντρική αφίσα του συνεδρίου.







Today, “the West” is facing the worst crisis of human dispossession since the aftermath of the Second World War. Neocolonial exploitation, authoritarian regimes, imperialist wars, economic crises and ecological disasters have displaced over 60 million people, triggering a huge humanitarian crisis. Thousands of people, many of them children, have lost their lives in the attempt to reach safety. Yet Fortress Europe, whose imperialist actions have driven this crisis, keeps its borders shutfor the refugees except for a tiny few, and even they must still endure dehumanizing conditions and policies. Meanwhile, ultra-right and fascist parties around the world are manipulating this situation for political gain and many countries, including Australia and the USA, are already considering closed-border policies. Within the EU, border-controls have been reintroduced by more and more member states. By linking terrorism with migration, governments and media are spreading a politics of fear that not only targets refugees and immigrants, but curtails basic democratic rights for all citizens.

These conditions demand that radical scholars and thinkers reimagine our paradigms, our methods and our priorities.  How do the border-crossing actions of migrants force us to rethink the power and violence of borders, the definition of “illegal, “forced” vs. ”voluntary” migration and the power of “status”? How do these conditions, along with the drama of austerity, necessitate a reconsideration of the power and potential of the state, political parties and the promise of “democracy.” ? What can we learn from the transnational solidarity efforts that have arisen in Lesvos, Eidomeni and elsewhere to meet common needs beyond the capacities and imagination of NGOs and the state? How can we find new ways to care for the dispossessed in an age of widespread and deepening inequalitiesn? How can we understand today’s crises as continuous with global legacies of imperialism, capitalism, colonialism, racism, ecological destruction and primitive accumulation? How are they ideepened and ishaped by the dynamics of gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and other forms of oppression and exploitation? How can we build solidarity networks capable of not only providing the necessities of life but creating the transnational movements of systemic transformation that can overturn the forces that lead to displacement, neocolonial and imperialist exploitation and austerity?

These urgent questions and conditions necessitate that radical activists, artists, politicians, refugees, scholars and students a gather, discuss and debate. We are hosting this conference on Lesvos, where for months now all these urgent questions are being addresse and negotiated in practice, making ita space to share, to learn and to develop a common and collective courage and knowledge for the struggles to come.