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Love as Practice of Solidarity: Of Peripheral Bodies, Embodied Justice and Associated Labor

Majstorovic, Danijela

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-154406

Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): migrants , periphery , solidarity , affect , discourse , associated labor
Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut: International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Fachgebiet: Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppe: Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Zeitschrift, Serie: On_Culture : the Open Journal for the Study of Culture ; 9
ISBN / ISSN: 2856008-5
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2020
Publikationsdatum: 02.09.2020
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: The essay is a feminist auto-ethnographic exercise in which I reflect upon my activist and academic life in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and migrant life in Germany as situated knowledges (Haraway 1988), aiming to provide a basis for solidarity among various, power-differentiated communities. BiH has become Europe´s ´dumping ground´ for non-European migrants but also a ´waiting room´ for its own citizens who are leaving as workforce to the EU. I juxtapose social protests and the post-2015 migrations from the Western Balkans to Germany — by which I was affected and now direct my research — with the Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian migrations to the EU via BiH analyzing exclusion across the board — from racial profiling in the US to the EU securitization practice of pushbacks, and Bosnian authorities’ racism towards ´migrants´ as well as clientelism towards its own population leading to their migration.
Reshuffling the chronotopes of here/there and now/then destabilizes the center/periphery and individual/collective dichotomies as does affective vocabulary of bodies hurt or denied justice through wars, policing, privatizations, isolation, and violence. While going beyond identity politics as a mere counting and classification insistent on difference, I understand love as a fusion of a migrant’s affect, as a particular, translatable consciousness about bodies, and justice as ´the form in which and through which love performs its work´ (Tillich 1954: 71). While Black Lives Matter slogan ´no justice, no peace´ or BiH protesters´ shout ‘justice for David and Dženan´ signal an acute lack of justice globally, I conjoin these disparate struggles metaphorically through associated labor (Kardelj 1978) urging for love as a practice of solidarity in the ‘post’-Corona world.
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