Image: Processed version of the work of art Impossible triangle, 1934 with special permission © Oscar Reutersvärd / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Design: NODE Berlin Oslo, Detail
How is racism produced and reproduced as a network of social relations in global capitalism today? What forms of racism have emerged – in view of the changes to the nation state system on the one hand and the increased nationalism in many places in the world on the other? What racist structures are at the bottom of current class politics? Do we need to update our understanding of class? Étienne Balibar’s diagnosis in Race, Nation, Class seems more timely than ever. In order to counteract the political estrangement of society, a new class politics is needed, based on an efficient anti-racism. Equally significant is Immanuel Wallerstein’s prognosis that only by moving toward an international class consciousness can we overcome the escalation in national identity and racism. The participants in the three sessions What is Racism Today?, The Nation-Form: Histories and Presence and Rethinking Class and Class Politics Today discuss the current conjunctures of racism with regard to class relations and nationalisms today, developing strategies for a new, critical anti-racism.