Love as Practice of Solidarity: Of Peripheral Bodies, Embodied Justice and Associated Labor
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Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch):
migrants , periphery , solidarity , affect , discourse , associated labor
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
GieÃŸener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften
On_Culture : the Open Journal for the Study of Culture
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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 EuropeÂ´s Â´dumping groundÂ´ for non-European migrants but also a Â´waiting roomÂ´ 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 â€” by which I was affected and now direct my research â€” with the Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian migrations to the EU via BiH analyzing exclusion across the board â€” from racial profiling in the US to the EU securitization practice of pushbacks, and Bosnian authoritiesâ€™ racism towards Â´migrantsÂ´ 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 migrantâ€™s affect, as a particular, translatable consciousness about bodies, and justice as Â´the form in which and through which love performs its workÂ´ (Tillich 1954: 71). While Black Lives Matter slogan Â´no justice, no peaceÂ´ or BiH protestersÂ´ shout â€˜justice for David and DÅ¾enanÂ´ 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 â€˜postâ€™-Corona world.
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