On the origins of post-enlightenment nation in Poland

The present political majority in Poland (which supports the right-wing government) is characterized by nationalism and anti-refugee sentiments. The genesis of a thus-shaped majority should be traced back to post-1989 deregulation of social rights and dismantling of the working and peasant class. Following the disintegration of the previous class order, the only political subject capable of exerting influence on the government turned out to be a nationalistic community. This community treats nationalism as the basis of its political contract with the authorities and regards xenophobia as an instrument of its own agency.

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We refugees and we the people. A lecture by Tadeusz Koczanowicz

“The refugee should be considered for what he is, that is, nothing less than a border concept that radically calls into question principles of the nation-state and, at the same time, helps clear the field for a no-longer-delayable renewal of categories” – states Agamben in his essay «We refugees», claiming that a refugee is no […]

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Die Chöre der Angekommenen. Eine indiskrete Platzbefragung

Drei Jahre lang war der Berliner Oranienplatz von Geflüchteten und ihren Unterstützer*innen besetzt. Im April 2014 wurde der Platz geräumt und damit auch der Protest gegen die Residenzpflicht und Abschiebepraxis mit Polizeigewalt beendet. Das Schwabinggrad Ballett und die aus der Refugee-Gruppe «Lampedusa in Hamburg» hervorgegangenen Arrivati haben Besetzer*innen interviewt und die Konflikte in die «Chöre […]

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