• Recollections of a racial past in a racist present – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Recollections of a racial past in a racist present

    7 December 2020

    NB: I have used racially derogatory terms throughout this piece in an uncensored fashion in order to paint a picture of racism for those who have never felt its tongue and temper, and to better critique and convey their vitriol.

    I need you to understand two things when you read this note. First, this is probably going to hurt you. Not as much as it hurt me and the uncounted others who continue to experience a similar existence under the yoke of routine and random racist oppression, but nonetheless those of you willing to listen and hear and disassemble your fear will face multiple emotional cuts and bruises. You built an Empire based on domination of black by white. What you are facing now is the whiplash of time. But believe me, we of colour faced the ‘lash in many different forms.

    Racism isn’t a thing of the past. The past resides in the present. Racism is normal, routine, alive, constant, present, always ugly whether subtle or brutal. It was encouraging today to read the statement from Universities UK acknowledging the omnipresence of racial harassment. It was painful that only racial harassment was acknowledged, as if somehow there was only harassment, rather than repudiation, hatred, loathing, disgust, denial, discrimination, punching, kicking, enslaving, exclusion and so many other shades of violence. Black people say it still affects them daily, white people and institutions deny it, as they did the first times around. The past is alive in the present.

    Copyright Dr. David Roberts 2020
    I use imagery to convey complex meaning more clearly using the brain’s natural visual processing capacity when I teach. I created this to convey how the past can exist in the present: the old photograph matching with the modern setting.
    The second thing you must recognize, acknowledge and understand is that racism is structural. There is no such thing as a ‘one-off’ or ‘isolated’ racial ‘incident’ like harassment. Individual racist acts of all kinds come from wider beliefs fed by Fascist, racist ideologies that prevail without necessarily always appearing to do so. They fester in beliefs about white superiority inherited from imperial domination handed down through myths of benign intervention, creating institutions of discrimination underpinned by social and educational curricula of exclusion and denial. If you cannot hear this, if it is not acknowledged, nothing will change – for why would you seek to change something you did not think was broken? Paulo Freire said the only people who can change the actions of the oppressors are the oppressed, because the oppressors do not realize their role in oppressing. I know/hope that isn’t true, but so far, despite oppressed people telling their oppressors what is happening, there has been too little meaningful change where I am.

    #past_present #racisme #

  • December 15, 2020 – Decolonial Dialogues

    Daffodils and Snow: Whose Language Matters?

    Part 1. A Conversation about Decolonising How We Teach, Learn, and Research
    December 15, 2020

    Carol Ann Dixon (University of Sheffield, UK), Riadh Ghemmour (University of Exeter, UK), Maica Gugolati (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Introduction (the Twitter Provocation):

    On 13 November 2020, Riadh Ghemmour, Indigenous Kabyle educational scholar and member of the Decolonial Dialogues co-editorial team, circulated a provocation on Decolonial Dialogues Twitter feed reflecting on how certain dominant language(s), such as English language, can reproduce colonial and exclusionary practices in the decolonial process.

    As a follow-up response, two members of the Decolonial Dialogues co-editorial team, Carol Ann Dixon and Maica Gugolati joined Riadh Ghemmour in a three way, jointly authored blog in order to critically reflect on the question, whose language(s) matter(s)?, including perspectives informed by African Indigenous languages, singing-sign language and evocative Jamaican Patois poetics.

    #ressources_pédagogiques #décolonial

  • “Islamogauchisme” : Le piège de l’Alt-right se referme sur la Macronie | Politoscope

    "Islamogauchisme" : Le piège de l’Alt-right se referme sur la Macronie

    David Chavalarias,
    Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, CAMS/ISC-PIF
    Dimanche 21 février 2021

    Mardi dernier, la Ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) a exprimé son souhait de missionner le CNRS pour une « étude scientifique » sur l’« islamo-gauchisme » qui, d’après ses propos de dimanche (14/02/21) sur une chaîne TV privée, « gangrène la société dans son ensemble ». « L’Université n’[y étant] pas imperméable », il s’agirait de définir « ce qui relève de la recherche et du militantisme ». La Conférence des Présidents d’Université a immédiatement exprimé sa stupeur devant de tels propos, tandis que le CNRS indiquait dans un communiqué de presse que « “L’islamogauchisme” , slogan politique utilisé dans le débat public, ne correspond à aucune réalité scientifique ».

    C’est la troisième fois en moins de six mois que l’expression “islamo-gauchisme” est employée par un ministre du gouvernement Castex, contribuant à inscrire ce terme comme dénomination légitime d’une catégorie sociale, malgré l’absence de réalité scientifique.

    Au-delà de la menace que fait peser la démarche de la Ministre sur les libertés académiques, qui a suscité de vives polémiques, nous montrons qu’elle s’inscrit dans une tendance d’autant plus inquiétante qu’elle semble relever d’un aveuglement au niveau de la Présidence et du gouvernement.

    Afin de discerner ce qui relève du militantisme ou de la stratégie politique dans la popularisation de ce néologisme, ainsi que l’impact que pourrait avoir sa légitimation par de hauts responsables de la République, nous présentons ici une étude factuelle sur les contextes de son utilisation dans le paysage politique français sur les 5 dernières années.

    Nous nous appuierons sur le Politoscope, un instrument du CNRS que nous avons développé à l’Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris IdF pour l’étude du militantisme politique en ligne. Il nous permet d’analyser à ce jour plus de 290 millions de messages à connotation politique émis depuis 2016 entre plus de 11 millions de comptes Twitter.

    #islamo-gauchisme #islamophobie #Mélenchon #CNRS

  • The Nature of Cities Festival – A virtual festival where many people join together for better, greener cities.

    About the Festival

    TNOC Festival pushes boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future. A virtual festival that spans 5 days with programming across all regional time zones and provided in multiple languages. TNOC Festival offers us the ability to truly connect local place and ideas on a global scale for a much broader perspective and participation than any one physical meeting in any one city could ever have achieved. The TNOC festival will take place from 22-26 February 2021.

    The Garden is a lushly imagined virtual space at TNOC Festival hosted at Topia where radically imaginative energy flows into interactive activities. The Garden is a program of TNOC’s FREIC (Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Cultures) produced by curators Carmen Bouyer, Patrick Lydon, M’Lisa Colbert, and David Maddox.

    The Garden is where festival goers unleash their creativity, join fun and informal group events, practice mindfulness and wellness, join arts sessions, and conversations. In the Garden we are at rest and at play enriching our experiences, ideas, and actions as diverse urban actors. The Garden is an open and safe space for communing, for chatting, for creating, for regenerating, for re-learning and re-emerging. It’s a 24-hour garden party at TNOC Festival!

    #Faire_monde #utopie #ville #écologie

  • Reinventing Segregation in Northern California: An Interview with Alex (...) - Metropolitics

    Reinventing Segregation in Northern California: An Interview with Alex Schafran
    Darian Razdar - 14 May 2019
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    Darian Razdar interviews Alex Schafran about his new book Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics. They discuss a new form of segregation called “resegregation” and the roots of this manifestation of unequal geography that impacts poor and racial-minority residents in Northern California’s peripheral cities.
    segregation / resegregation / housing / race / social class / inequalities / Northern California / California / Bay Area

    Over half a century since the Civil Rights Era, cities and urban regions in the United States remain divided and rife with inequality. Alex Schafran’s new book, Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics, takes a new look at what segregation means in 21st-century US cities and regions through an in-depth analysis of Northern California’s political fragmentation and regional planning. This book urges its readers to recognize financial crisis, economic precarity, and housing unaffordability as a part of a broad and structural process of resegregation. This new form of segregation, characterized by regional geographies of precarity and coerced mobility, expels the poor and racially-marginalized from city centers, while maintaining their insecure access to resources.

    Resegregation in Northern California first became visible with widespread foreclosures that ravaged entire blocks and communities in cities like Oakland and Antioch beginning in 2007. Northern California is simultaneously home to wealth and inequality, and the region continues to make the news with San Francisco’s record-high rents. Road to Resegregation calls our attention to previous failures in city- and region-building and points toward solutions, which Schafran argues can only be addressed through coalition politics concerning our “common purpose” (p. 254).

    Dr. Alex Schafran (PhD, City & Regional Planning, University of California - Berkeley) currently holds the position of Lecturer at University of Leeds School of Geography.

    Darian Razdar: Your book outlines a novel understanding of unequal geographies in US urban regions, which you call “resegregation.” What distinguishes the re-segregation of today from the segregation faced in mid-20th-century US cities?

    Alex Schafran: My notion of resegregation, which builds on the work of other writers like Jeff Chang, is probably better thought of as a new form of segregation. The new geography of race and class in places like Northern California—people of color increasingly living in far away suburbs and exurbs with long commutes, shaky fiscal conditions, overstretched finances, rising poverty, high housing and commuting costs—is clearly different from postwar ghettoized segregation. But since we are still talking about racialized inequality spread across a metropolitan region, we must still call this new inequality segregation. Calling it resegregation implies a step backwards, which I think is politically important, and certainly better than segregation 2.0.

    DR: The Road to Resegregation builds from fieldwork you conducted in California’s Bay Area. Why did you choose to study this region to understand resegregation?

    AS: The simple answer is that it is where I am from, and it’s the place I know best. I knew that in order to really understand what was happening, I needed a depth of knowledge it would be hard to replicate in a place I wasn’t deeply familiar with. Sadly, it is also a major epicentre of resegregation, as it was for the foreclosure crisis. There is the added wrinkle that the Bay Area is supposed to be different. It is the wealthiest and supposedly most progressive region in the country. Somehow I had a sense that this was part of the story—and it was.

    DR: The stories you tell from the Bay Area come from cities and towns like Antioch, Modesto, and Patterson—places often out-shadowed by their neighbors to the west: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose. Could you elaborate on your decision to center the periphery in your methodology? How did this choice impact the research process and your findings?

    AS: The project originally started out as an investigation into gentrification in Oakland, but almost as soon as I began poking around, people started asking me where folks had moved to once they left. Even though I was born and raised in the Bay, and I knew the names of these places, I had never been. By the time I made my first trip to Antioch, the foreclosure crisis had hit, and I knew that I had found my story. The challenge then became the opposite—how to tell the story of places like Antioch, Modesto and Patterson without making it all about them, as clearly these places are not entirely responsible for the challenges they face. So while I do my best to tell their stories, and they are arguably the heart of the book, I’m not sure they are the center. I worked hard to write a truly regional book about Northern California, as virtually every corner of this massive place played a role in resegregation.

    DR: In what ways is this region a paradigmatic example of resegregation of US regions—is it special? To what extent does resegregation in the Bay Area reflect what’s happening across the country?

    AS: Northern California is an extreme example of a generalized phenomenon, one made worse by vast wealth and a complicated geography. It has a lot in common with other big and wealthy regions like New York and Los Angeles, but some form of resegregation is happening everywhere. I’d say there are two sets of differences between regions. One is geographic: in some places, it is older, inner ring suburbs that have become the key sites of rising racialized poverty and inequality, while in others it is exurbs far away from central cities. The other major difference is the extent to which this new form of segregation is dominant, vis-à-vis older forms of postwar segregation which still very much exist. It’s critical to keep two things in mind about resegregation. First, it does not imply desegregation happened. Many places went from one form of segregation to the other. The second, and more important, is that the new form of segregation doesn’t replace the old one. They exist together, and actually drive each other. People leave or get pushed out of older segregated neighborhoods and end up in far away zones with characteristics of resegregation.

    DR: You explain that today’s segregation is rooted in our failure to address the structural, racist issues around urban property tenure, regional mobility, gainful employment, and regional form. What does your research say about the current capacity to address “the failure of politics” in the US’s urban regions?

    AS: That is a tough question, especially given how much worse the political climate has gotten between the time when I finished research and the book was published. The key argument in this regard that I make in the book is that we need to change the focus of our politics. Housing, transportation, infrastructures, schools and water and sewage systems—this is what I call our “common purpose,” the stuff we must discuss and debate collectively, as we built these systems collectively. We must make this the heart of our politics, not just at the local level. I dream of a presidential campaign decided by who focuses most intently on housing and transport policy. We are starting to see some research which suggests that on these issues, partisanship ebbs a bit. The only hope I have for a better political future for the US is one where our debates focus on these systems. The hard part is that in order to get there, we have to build more trust in the political economy of development. To me, that starts with recognizing our past failures, and especially just how racist these systems have been for generations.

    DR: What is to be done before the next economic crisis to ensure we are ready to resist efforts to further re-segregate our cities and regions?

    AS: Well, I’d argue we are already in a state of long-term economic and ecological crisis, and I think it’s best that we just accept where we are and work towards a better future. I think it is particularly critical that we also see resegregation as a future that is already here (like climate change), not one to be avoided. Too often we do politics based on an imagined past or future, instead of just admitting where we are. My book is like a confessional for Northern California, what I hope is an accurate and honest portrayal of where we are at and how we got there. Accepting and admitting this is the first step.

    #ségrégation #segregation #San_Francisco #racisme #ville #droit_à_la_ville

  • Book launch: The coloniality of asylum (Fiorenza Picozza) Tickets, Wed 10 Mar 2021 at 18:15 | Eventbrite

    Discussants: Prof. Manuela Bojadžijev (Humboldt University/Leuphana University) Prof. Nicholas De Genova (University Houston), Prof. Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University)

    “The coloniality of asylum. Mobility, autonomy and solidarity in the wake of Europe’s refugee crisis”

    Through the main concepts of ‘the coloniality of asylum’ and ‘solidarity as method’, this book links the question of the state to the one of civil society; in so doing, it questions the idea of ‘autonomous politics’, showing how both refugee mobility and solidarity are intimately marked by the coloniality of asylum, in its multiple ramifications of objectification, racialisation and victimisation.

    Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Hamburg in the wake of the 2015 ‘long summer of migration’, this book offers a polyphonic account, moving between the standpoints of different subjects and wrestling with questions of protection, freedom, autonomy, solidarity and subjectivity. It shows how ‘Europe’ politically, legally and socially produces ‘refugees’ while, in turn, through their border struggles and autonomous movements, ‘refugees’ produce the space of ‘Europe’.

    Author: Fiorenza Picozza (UNAM) is a researcher and activist who has been involved in refugee solidarity for over a decade. She has an interdisciplinary background, holding a PhD in Geography from King’s College London (2019), an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS University of London (2014), and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza (2009). Her research interests concern borders, asylum, migration, race, coloniality, humanitarianism, and solidarity. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Geography of the UNAM in Mexico City, where she is working on a project on asylum, racialisation and humanitarian borders in Mexico.

    Event organised with the support of the Department of Poltiics & International Relations, Goldsmiths

    for info: Martina.Tazzioli@gold.ac.uk

    #Event #frontières #colonialité #coloniality #migration #Hamburg

  • Graves for Unknown Refugees


    Activists call attention to migrant deaths in public space through making graves for Unknown refugees. They take out some paves in the pavement of busy streets in cities and turn the sand into graves. This initiatives was mentioned in an article in the German magazine Transform on monuments that deal with violent histories. https://transform-magazin.de/pimp-my-denkmal

    #monuments #migration #migrants

  • [muc] | münchen postkolonial

    Audiorundgang durch das post/koloniale München
    Posted on November 30, 2020 by muc

    Wir haben einen Audiorundgang durch das post/koloniale München aufgenommen. Eva Bahl und Katharina Ruhland sprechen über dekoloniale Aktionen, Spuren der deutschen Kolonialgeschichte im Stadtraum und über Verletzungen, die diese z. B. in Kamerun und Namibia hinterlassen hat.

    #balade_décoloniale #colonialisme #München #Cameroun #Namibie
    Er sollte in einer Podcastreihe der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Erinnerungskultur erscheinen. Die inhaltlichen Überarbeitungswünsche der BAdW gingen uns aber zu weit. Deshalb veröffentlichen wir ihn hier selbst.

  • Connected Sociologies

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    Connected Sociologies

    Sociology is usually associated with the rise of capitalist modernity. Its standard approaches privilege Euro-centred histories and neglect the processes of imperialism. This has consequences for how sociology understands contemporary social and political issues, especially those associated with class, race, and religious difference.

    The Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project responds to these challenges by providing resources designed to support students and teachers interested in ‘decolonising’ school, college, and university curricula.

    #colonialisme #ressources_pédagogiques #eurocentrisme

  • WePresent | Photographer Maïmouna Guerresi visualizes spirituality

    Maïmouna Guerresi Humanity and nature are interconnected

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    Ever since converting to Sufi Islam at the age of 40, photographer Maïmouna Guerresi has been on a very personal spiritual journey. In her work, characters float above the ground or merge together with nature, and every photo contains some sense of balance or peace. She tells Alex Kahl about her long search to find ways to visualize the abstract concept of spirituality.

    All images ©Maïmouna Guerresi, and courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

    #photos #faire_monde #spiritualité

  • Colonial Histories | Open House London 2020

    All buildings tell stories. Stories about the values and aspirations of the societies which created them are etched into the facades of our streets. Yet some stories are harder to read than others. Hidden beneath the surface of many buildings in London are incredible and sometimes bitter stories of Britain’s colonial history. For Open House 2020, we’re embarking on a long term project to tease out and reveal the hidden colonial histories of the architecture we celebrate in the festival.

    #Londres #London #balade_décoloniale #colonialisme #esclavagisme

  • London Statues and the History of Empire

    All stages of colonial history can be traced through statues in our care, beginning with the earliest days of European colonialism, with Christopher Columbus (Belgrave Square), through the centuries of British expansionism and the creation of its Empire – personified by Sir Walter Ralegh (Greenwich) and Robert Clive (King Charles Street). They then mark Britain’s imperial wars of the 19th century, with Lord Napier of Magdala (Queen’s Gate) and General Gordon (Victoria Embankment), and the Empire’s final phases, with Lord Curzon (Carlton House Terrace). The monarchs of the imperial centuries also appear: James II, William III, Queen Anne, George II, George III and Queen Charlotte, and Edward VII.


    #empire #colonialisme #esclavagisme #Londres #London #slave_trade #monument

  • Movement for Black Lives: an interview with Barbara Ransby - Institute of Race Relations

    As we witness one of the largest uprisings in US history, led by Black working-class activists, Race & Class interviews Barbara Ransby, a US-based historian, feminist and longtime organiser, on the significance of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) uprisings across the US ignited by the murder of George Floyd.

    Jenny Bourne: As someone who has been involved in and written on US Black working-class movements for many decades, do you see what’s happening now as a watershed moment?

    Barbara Ransby: It is definitely a watershed moment and I don’t say that lightly. You know historians say every historical moment is unique which is true. But there are those pivots after which you know things are ever different and so I think this moment comes at the convergence of, in the United States and globally, really three crises.

    First, it’s the crisis of liberal democracy or bourgeois democracy. We see an uptick in authoritarianism across the globe from Bolsonaro to Duterte, to Erdogan, and of course the Donald Trump phenomenon which is increasingly repressive, xenophobic, and dangerous. Essentially, Trump and his followers have deployed white nationalism in the service of racial capitalism.

    Secondly, we have the global coronavirus pandemic which adds to that and stops us all in our tracks. It jolts the elites in ways that they did not anticipate, and exposes the vulnerabilities of racial capitalism yet again. Because, of course, you know it’s not lucrative to prepare for something like this, so all the pharmaceutical companies and the elite research institutes have not invested in in research around pandemics; they’d rather invest in drugs that people will buy every year because that increases the profit margin. And Trump, in his infinite lack of wisdom, dismantled the office in the federal government that was supposed to actually plan for pandemics. And then we see states and hospitals scrambling on the open market to buy life-saving equipment like ventilators. Yet another example of the failure of capitalism to meet this crisis. The market does not care if people die. We have to care.

    And then the third thing is the uprising against police violence and white supremacy. We saw a fifty-state uprising in this country. We never saw that in the 1960s, we never had, 500 towns and cities with people coming out into the street simultaneously. Even in places that don’t have a significant Black population, there was somebody in that town that felt they had to get out in the streets and say something against racism, to say Black Lives Matter. That is uplifting and I have to also believe that people in those small towns probably don’t have a deep understanding of racism. They were protesting for other reasons too, unsettled and angry about the condition of their lives in this country and the George Floyd murder and the visual impact of that injustice was the final straw. The cruelty in that violence jolted people into action.

    Of course an uprising is spontaneous, it is organic, you can’t script it beforehand, you can’t predict exactly when it’ll occur and you certainly can’t script it from inside as it’s unfolding. And this uprising is not different. None of us predicted that of all the outrageous acts that we have witnessed and absorbed over the last four years, that this particular killing would be the last straw for hundreds of thousands of ordinary people not in any organisation, per se.

    But, organisation is essential once uprisings begin to unfold. Movement organisations, and there are many, began to draw upon lessons and organising models and theoretical frames from earlier periods and from organisations like Critical Resistance which, of course you know, Angela Davis and Ruth Gilmore helped to found in 1997. This is an abolitionist organisation led by Black feminists. Another earlier group is INCITE!: Women of Colour Against Violence, a group that came out of the anti-domestic violence movement and insisted on including state and imperialist violence in their analysis and work. I write about these groups in my book [Making All Black Lives Matter]. But then in 2012, a new group of organisers began to congeal and they have been debating and training and doing scenario-planning and base-building in the years since. Another critical turn was, of course, the Ferguson uprising in 2014 when Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Missouri.
    A Black Lives Matter march in Denver. Thomas Elliott/Flickr

    So, when the 2020 uprising occurred, you had a group of young Black activists, many of them feminists, many of them queer, many of them with a very radical intersectional analysis, ready to move into action. And they called a series of demonstrations on Juneteenth weekend. There were actions from Washington DC to California with hundreds of thousands of protesters filling the streets. The demand of ‘defund the police’ has emerged as central, reflecting decades of efforts to ‘reform and improve’ the police, all of which have failed. But ‘defund’ is only part of the agenda for activists, and it would be wrong and incomplete to leave it at that. The full-throated demand is ‘defund the police, fund our people’.

    M4BL and others are organising around that idea, and M4BL’s policy committee has just created a piece of mock legislation called the Breathe Act which outlines not only dismantling police and prisons over time but also what it would mean to revitalise our communities and our schools and make health available to everyone, and have a sustainable green economy. All of that I think is a prime example of the ways in which Black liberation movements over time and in this moment are also the hopeful visionary movements for the entire planet, not just for Black people.

    That’s how I would see the significance of this moment. I draw a lot from Naomi Klein’s notion of disaster capitalism. That, in this moment of disaster, in this moment of dislocation and disorientation, elites are certainly plotting and scheming on how to maximise their power, how to institute and expand policies and practices from surveillance to austerity to further their agenda. But what also happens in the context of a crisis is the opportunity for galvanising our people and galvanising the Left, and I see that happening as well.

    The demonstrations here showed a certain level of determination on the part of people who attended their first protest during a pandemic. I think, regarding the Left and the Black movement here, if we don’t tap into that anger and determination then we really have not done our work. People were willing to face health risks, people went out more often than not wearing masks, but sometimes not wearing masks − taking that risk to demonstrate their outrage against what was happening in this country. They also withstood rubber bullets and tear-gas, which was in wide use, and this is really a human rights violation of the first order. I mean the cops were very brutal against a lot of the demonstrators and old people were knocked down, two reporters lost their eyes because they were victims of projectiles.


    #racisme #class #race #Naomi_Klein #black_lives_matter

  • Struggles! | Our first collection of stories

    Issue no. 1
    November 2020 - February 2021
    Adelaide Di Nunzio/New Cairo

    STRUGGLES is our first collection of stories.

    1 story every 3 weeks from mid-November until the beginning of February

    Life is a struggle. In this issue, we explore individual and collective struggles and the pursuit of something different, better or, in some cases, real. Ana Gutiérriez recounts the story of Denise and her journey through sex work in London, and the dilemmas of lying and caring. Letizia Bonanno illustrates the struggles of carrying out fieldwork in austerity Athens. Marco Di Nunzio narrates the life of Anna and her struggle to deal with exclusion, injustice and the camorra in Naples. AbdouMaliq Simone tells us how forgetting creates spaces of possibility in West Papua. Finally, The Justice & Empowerment Initiatives share experiences of the anti-eviction movement in Lagos and its fight for a more just city.

    #droit_à_la_ville #luttes #urban_studies

  • Afrika in Basel - an urban safari

    A tour of the city Basel developed in 2007 and updated in 2018 after some criticism, notably around the term “safari”

    A presentation can be found here (pdf): https://africanhistory.ch/Dokumente/Pressemappe_2008_05_05.pdf

    africanhistory.ch - Stadtsafari - Afrika in Basel

    Stadtsafari - Afrika in Basel

    Dieser Stadtrundgang wurde 2008 vom Zentrum für Afrikastudien Basel (ZASB) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verein Frauenstadtrundgang Basel in einer zweisemestrigen Lehrveranstaltung ausgearbeiteit und ist seither mehrfach überarbeitet worden.

    Ob Völkerschauen, Jazz oder Afroshops: Die Stadt Basel besitzt eine lange Tradition von vielfältigen und spannenden Beziehungen mit dem afrikanischen Kontinent. Diese jahrhundertealten Verflechtungen wirtschaftlicher, politischer, kultureller und wissenschaftlicher Art haben die Entwicklung Basels beeinflusst und Spuren hinterlassen, denen wir auf dem Rundgang folgen werden. Zeitgenössische Briefe, Fotografien oder Plakate illustrieren dabei vielfältige Aspekte eines „afrikanischen“ Basels.

    Die Stadtsafari wird von Studentinnen und Studenten der Universität Basel geführt und kann auf Wunsch in englischer Sprache gebucht werden.

    #Balade_décoloniale #Basel #Bâle #racisme #colonialisme

  • Balade décoloniale Berne

    Carte interactive

    Koloniale Spuren aufdecken

    Die Schweiz war nie eine Kolonial- oder Seefahrtsnation und dennoch in der Kolonialzeit tief in ein Netz internationaler, kommerzieller, intellektueller und politischer Beziehungen eingebunden. Wie andere europäische Städte verbirgt auch Bern Spuren dieser Geschichte – einige davon macht diese Webseite der Stiftung Cooperaxion sichtbar.

    Cooperaxion – Bern Kolonial

    #balade_décoloniale #Berne #Cooperaxion #racisme #droit_à_la_ville

  • Glaciologue, Raciste : Louis Agassiz (1807 – 2013)

    Glaciologue, Raciste : Louis Agassiz (1807 – 2013)

    Les créateurs de l’exposition « Gletscherforscher, Rassist : Louis Agassiz (1807–2013) » ont décidé de publier en ligne la version française. Si quelqu’un est intéressé par l’organisation d’une présentation physique de l’exposition, il/elle est invitéE à nous contacter par e-mail : hans.faessler [at] louverture.ch. Les modèles d’impression pour les roll-ups sont prêts et à disposition.

    Hans Fässler : président de l’association, recherches
    Hans Barth : concept, recherches
    Hannah Traber : typographie, graphisme
    Sasha Huber : interventions artistiques


    Tableau 1 : Un siècle de racisme
    Tableau 2 : Louis Agassiz (1807–1873)
    Tableau 3 : Un siècle d’humanité
    Tableau 4 : Agassizhorn, l‘histoire d’un pic
    Tableau 5 : Lettre à sa mère
    Tableau 6 : Agassiz le raciste
    Tableau 7 : De Harvard à Berlin
    Tableau 8 : Agassiz ou Hitler ?
    Tableau 9 : Victimes du racisme
    Tableau 10 : Histoire d’un déni
    Tableau 11 : Sept mythes sur Louis Agassiz

    #ressources_pédagogques #racisme #décolonisation_des_savoirs #colonialisme #Aggassiz #suisse_coloniale

  • Newcomers’ Right to the City - SPUI25

    NIAS Talk Newcomers’ Right to the City
    15-02 2021 18.30 – 20.00

    With increasing worldwide migrant mobilities it is not always clear who has the right to the city. What is the role of the newcomer in an urbanized world?

    The moving populations that cross borders heading to Europe and North America contest and destabilize both territorial certainties and established urban policies. In public debates these displaced people are often framed as passive recipients of the State, NGO or philanthropic practices. However, newcomers themselves ­organize, struggle and generate movements of insurgent citizenship, claim the right to the (centre of the) city and enact the production of collective housing and shared common spaces based on principles of solidarity and mutual help. During this NIAS Talk we explore commoning practices used by newcomers as a way of self-organisation and the concept of spatial justice for an increasingly heterogeneous urban society.
    About the speakers

    Michael Keith is Professor at the University of Oxford’s Center on Migration, Policy and Society, and Director of the PEAK Urban Research Programme which aims to aid decision-making on urban futures. He will

    Maria Kaika is NIAS fellow 2019-2020 and Professor of Urban Regional and Environmental Planning at the University of Amsterdam. She was researching ‘debt as biopolitics’ at NIAS and will be discussing the newcomers right not only to the city but to the heart of the city, to have access to the political, social and cultural activities of urban life.

    Charalampos Tsavdaroglou is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. He will be a discussant for this talk and his research interests include critical urban theory, autonomy of migration, and intersectional, decolonial and affective geographies.

    Fenneke Wekker (moderator) is a Political sociologist, writer and Head of Academic Affairs at NIAS.

    #droit_à_la_ville #right_to_the_city

  • What is racial capitalism? | Arun Kundnani

    What is racial capitalism?
    Arun Kundnani / October 23, 2020

    Text of a talk by Arun Kundnani at the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 15, 2020
    Blessing Ngobeni, A Note From ErrorBlessing Ngobeni, “A Note From Error”

    In recent years, the term “racial capitalism” has proliferated among scholars and activists. Articles in places such as New Yorker and Vox have introduced the term to a wide readership. The term is beginning to carry institutional weight in the academy, with a plethora of research initiatives emerging in recent years, and funding from the Mellon Foundation. But we are still in the process of clarifying what we might mean by “racial capitalism.” Go, for example, to the website of the Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism at UC Davis and click on the link for “What is racial capitalism?” and you arrive at a blank page.

    #racism #capitalism

  • Deportation Union: The role of Frontex | Transnational Institute

    Deportation Union: The role of Frontex
    14 December 2020 - Event

    Join us with guests on December 14 for examining the increased role of Frontex, the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency, in coordinating and conducting forced removal operations.

    #frontex #frontières
    @cdb_77 @karine4

  • The House is Ours: How Moms 4 Housing Challenged the Private-Property (...) - Metropolitics

    The House is Ours: How Moms 4 Housing Challenged the Private-Property Paradigm
    Lauren Everett - 6 October 2020
    In the midst of a global housing affordability crisis that has been heightened by the Covid‑19 pandemic, it is time to reconsider how the right to profit from property ownership is privileged in policy, funding, and ideology in the United States. Oakland-based Moms 4 Housing’s bold direct action presented a concrete challenge to the status quo.
    housing / affordable housing / community land trusts / property ownership / property / homeownership / private property / real estate / speculation / California / United States / Oakland

    On November 18, 2019, in west Oakland, California, Dominique Walker and Sameerah Karim started moving their families into the vacant three-bedroom home at 2928 Magnolia Street (Holder and Mock 2020). They pressure-washed the exterior, patched the roof, installed a water heater, and added a refrigerator and stove. It was a new beginning for both women—single Black mothers who had experienced homelessness due to the cost of housing in Oakland, despite working full-time. The only problem was, they were neither leaseholders nor owners: The house was owned by Wedgewood Properties, described by its own CEO, Greg Geiser, as the largest “fix-and-flip” company in the United States (Dreier 2016). Historically Black neighborhoods are being gradually eroded in Oakland, with a roughly 50% decline in Black Oaklanders between the 1980s and today. One would have to earn $43.46 an hour, or $86,920 annually, to afford a two-bedroom home in the ZIP code where the Magnolia house is located, while Black women in the area earn an average of $49,369. The city also had more than 4,000 unhoused residents in late 2019, representing a 47% increase since 2017 (Holder and Mock 2020).

    #Oakland #Etats-Unis #logement #housing #homelessness #droitàlaville #droitaulogement

  • Free Black University

    The Radical Black Imagination will transform the world.
    We are Afro-futurists, Black Feminists, Black Queer folk, Black Thinkers, Black Spiritualists, Black Academics, Black Artists, Black Activists, Black Healers, Black Philosophers, Black Writers, Black Creatives, and Black Visionaries.
    We believe that education is at the heart of transforming society as we know it. We are all taught a curriculum, and institutionalised in to a knowledge system, that tacitly holds - Black Lives do not matter. We exist to transform this and to hold a space for the creation of radical knowledge that pertains to our collective freedom and healing. We envision a world in which we no longer have to fight and we aim to help produce the conditions for that world to remain.

    #éducation #transformation #racisme #Noir #faire_monde #imagination

  • “I CAN’T BREATHE” - presented by Krik Krak Media and Windrush Foundation Tickets, Sat 10 Oct 2020 at 19:00 | Eventbrite





    On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. A white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down, calling for his mother and repeatedly saying “please” and "I can’t breathe. Police officers further restrained Floyd, while another officer prevented bystanders from intervening. During the final two minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse while the police officers ignored onlookers’ pleas to remove his knee, which he failed to do until medics told him to. The following day, after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public, all four officers involved were fired, and charged with murder.


    SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2020, 7pm







    #violences_policières #racisme #Etats-Unis