On the origins of post-enlightenment nation in Poland
Jan 17th 2020
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.
We refugees and we the people. A lecture by Tadeusz Koczanowicz
May 4th 2020
“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 […]
La Suisse et la crise de 1956 – solidarité, actions et paradoxes
May 9th 2020
Lorsque 200 000 personnes ont fui leur pays après le soulèvement hongrois d’octobre 1956, la Suisse a fait preuve d’une solidarité sans précédent. Elle a accueilli quelque 13 000 personnes sans condition. Tiphaine Robert examine les effets de la crise de 1956 et son impact sur la politique d’asile en Suisse.