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2018, Sat, Mar 17

Current Conjunctures of Racism

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

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 Racisms 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.

Part 1
Uncertainties and Unsettlements: Migration, Religion, Free Speech
How can the relation between already existing uncertainties between race, class and nation be re-theorized? What are the race/class/national(ist) dimensions of driving concerns today such as migration, religion, and the authoritarian state?

With Baidik Bhattacharya, Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar, Shahram Khosravi, Sandro Mezzadra

Part 2
Dangerous Conjunctures and Re-productive Relations
How do these conjunctures draw on gender as constitutive for racial capitalism, racial (neo)liberalism, and “post-racisms”?

With Zimitri Erasmus, Verónica Gago, Maya Indira Ganesh, Kelly Gillespie, Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Part 3
Fascisms' Re-turns in Digital Times: Re-reading Race, Nation, Class
What are current conjunctures of racism in view of the changes of the nation state, on the one hand? And what would a re-reading of newly emerging fascisms look like through the lens of Race, Nation, Class on the other?

With Brenna Bhandar, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Nishant Shah, Françoise Vergès

Moderated by David Theo Goldberg and Vanessa Eileen Thompson