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Book release: “Migrantischer Feminismus in Deutschland (1980-2000). Intersektionale Erkundungen”. Edited by Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez & Pinar Tuzcu
Our colleague from JLU-Giessen, Encarnación Gutiérrez, together with Pinar Tuzcu, has recently edited and published the book “Migrantischer Feminismus in Deutschland (1980-2000). Intersektionale Erkundungen”.
This book designs a new approach to the history of the women’s movement in Germany in the years from 1980 to 2000. It collects 11 stories of migrant women and women of color – activists of migrant feminism in the German women’s movement. Through the method of “storytelling” and archival work, as well as the collection of historical documents such as photographs, newspaper articles and pamphlets, the historical facts that form the background of the biographical testimonies were reconstructed. The narratives and the documented archival material reflect the political work of migrant feminist groups in five selected locations in the Federal Republic: Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Telling the stories of these activists of migrant feminism, the thesis that German feminism of the 1980s and 1990s rather took place in the institutions of academia and politics is refuted. The assumed “silent” period of the German women’s movement of the 1980s and 1990s is shown from a migrant feminist perspective to be rather an eventful and theoretically groundbreaking period. It was precisely during this period that migrant, Black, Sinti and Rom*ja, Jewish and queer/feminist activists, intellectuals, academics, and artists organized conferences, published books, founded political groups, and circulated statements addressing the question of racism, anti-Semitism, gender, class, and sexuality and their entanglement in the context of flight, migration, and diaspora. However, this “political movement” does not seem to be present in the narrative of the German women’s movement. Nor are these activists and intellectuals understood and represented as actors in the German women’s movement. To put it differently: The noise coming from these actors was not heard.
This book is a cultural and political account of migrant feminism in Germany between 1980 and 1990, and by claiming the “right-to-narrate,” it addresses the cultural politics of alternative histories. It asks what would the historiography of the German women’s movement look like if the period, so “silent,” were set in motion by these testimonies. How would such an intervention in the past redefine the present and future narrative of the women’s movement in Germany? What would this “redefinition” mean for Germany as a country of immigration? What does the omission of migrant feminist history mean for the politics of writing the history of the German women’s movement?
(Based on a research project “Migrant Feminism in the German Women’s Movement (1980-2000) – Intersectional Explorations,” funded by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art).
New doctor in-house!
Last February 25th, UAB’s team member Álvaro Ramírez March defended successfully his PhD dissertation, with the title “Solidarity movements in the ‘refugee crisis’: between humanitarianism and the new infrastructures for the freedom of movement”. Hurray!
Alvaro’s PhD dissertation compiles several papers that are referenced here:
- Ramírez March, Álvaro. 2022. “Humanitarian Capture, Solidarity’s Excess: Affect, Experience, and the Mobile Commons in Migrant Solidarity.” Antipode 54 (2): 567–85. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12776.
- Ramírez-March, Álvaro, Jaime Andrés, and Marisela Montenegro. 2019. “Research as Social Engagement: Learning From Two Situated Experiences in Zaragoza and Barcelona.” In Engaging (for) Social Change: Towards New Forms of Collective Action, edited by Marjan Ivković and Srđan Prodanović, 259–82. Belgrade: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory.
- Ramírez-March, Álvaro, and Marisela Montenegro:
- 2021a. “‘Volem Acollir’: Humanitarismo y Posiciones de Sujeto en la Articulación de la Solidaridad en Cataluña.” Dados 64 (February). https://doi.org/10.1590/dados.2021.64.1.227.
- 2021b. “On Narrativity, Knowledge Production, and Social Change: A Diffractive Encounter between the Narrative Productions Methodology and Participatory Action-Research.” Qualitative Research in Psychology, November, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2021.1994678.
- 2022. “¿Qué Puede Hacer La Acogida? Aperturas, Disputas y Críticas En Los Movimientos Sociales Por Los Derechos de Las Personas Migrantes En El Estado Español.” Quaderns de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia.
Podcast episode on Europe preventing people from being rescued in the sea
Our colleague from the University of Brighton, Deanna Dadusc, together with Hela, from Alarm Phone, have launched a podcast’s episode on how European coordination is increasingly directed at preventing people from being rescued and being brought to Europe, resulting in deaths at sea and pushbacks to Libya. You can listen to the podcast through the next platforms:
How can community architects build socially resilient refugee camps? Lessons from the Office of Displaced Designers in Lesvos, Greece
Paidakaki, A., De Becker, R., De Reu, Y., Viaene, F., Elnaschie, S. and Van den Broeck, P. (2021), “How can community architects build socially resilient refugee camps? Lessons from the Office of Displaced Designers in Lesvos, Greece”, Archnet-IJAR, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.
Zaatar’s regular publications about the present moments
Following the current events, Za’atar NGO regularly publishes short articles on its website in which they analyze and comment on some of these most important moments. In this way, they echoe current affairs while sharing their critical vision derived from the experience of working and accompanying migrant and refugee people. Their most recent articles have dealt with the double exclusion and specific inequalities that refugees suffer due to confinement by Covid, the celebration of the international day of women’s rights, and the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war. If you are interested in keeping up to date with their publications and analysis articles, we invite you to consult the news section of their website.
“Silencing the Streets: From Covid Exceptions to Police Crackdowns”, an article by Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, Deanna Dadusc, Raph Schlembach and Lambros Fatsis
Following the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everad by a police officer in London and the violent repression by police of the vigils and subsequent demonstrations, BRIDGES member Deanna Dadusc, along with Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, Raph Schlembach and Lambros Fatsis write this article where they analyze misogyny, racism and police violence as something completely institutionalized. This, which has been denounced for decades by groups of black women, migrants and non-normatively gendered, takes on special relevance at this time when we are witnessing an increase in the criminalization of protest, thus also demonstrating that the police and prisons are not part of the solution to security needs. You can read the entire article at this link.
PODCAST: “A discussion on violence against women and girls”, in The Sociology Show
Deanna Dadusc, a member of BRIDGES and Lecturer on Critical Criminology at the University of Brighton, participates in this podcast with Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti and Stephen Burrell to discuss about gender violence and violence against women. In it, they talk about how police are not the solution to male toxicity, but part of the problem, and appeal to the need to learn from collective struggles like Black Lives Matter and black feminist abolitionists to eliminate violence against women. You can listen to the full podcast here.
“Volem Acollir”: Humanitarismo y Posiciones de Sujeto en la Articulación de la Solidaridad en Cataluña, by Álvaro Ramírez-March y Marisela Montenegro
Ramírez-March, Álvaro, y Marisela Montenegro. 2021. «“Volem Acollir”: Humanitarismo y Posiciones de Sujeto en la Articulación de la Solidaridad en Cataluña». Dados 64 (1).
Crisis goes viral: containment in the age of contagion in Greece
Anna Carastathis, Aila Spathopoulou & Myrto Tsilimpounidi, “Crisis goes viral: containment in the age of contagion in Greece.” In Kallio, K. P., de Sousa, M. L., Mitchell, K., Häkli, J., Tulumello, S., Isabel Meier, Carastathis, A., Spathopoulou, A., Tsilimpounidi, M., Bird, G., Russell Beattie, A., Obradovic-Wochnik, J., Rozbicka, P., & Riding, J. (2020). Covid-19 discloses unequal geographies. Fennia: International Journal of Geography, 198(1-2), 1-16.
Facing Crisis: Queer Representations against the Backdrop of Athens
Myrto Tsilimpounidi & Anna Carastathis, “Facing Crisis: Queer Representations against the Backdrop of Athens”. In Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation. Edited by Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez. University of Illinois Press, 2020. https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/75pcg4gz9780252043314.html
Sindillar’s 3rd PODCAST
The third and last podcast of Sindillar’s serie with thoughts on Coronavirus confinement and its impact on migrant and care workers’ lives is already release! You can link here to the audio piece entitled “Struggles and alliances that intersect”.
Narratives: “MEMORIAS DE LAS LUCHAS MIGRANTES” / “Memories of migrant struggles”
Through this link you can access the narratives elaborated within the research “Memories of the collective action for the rights of migrant people in Barcelona”, by the UAB. These texts collect the memories of the political struggles in Barcelona for the rights of migrant people between the 1990 and 2017. They refer to the collective struggles that denounce the exclusion and infringement by the State and its institutions by hindering or denying legal-administrative regularization and the social, health and labor rights of immigrants. But also the struggles that demonstrate the capacity and agency of these people to intervene critically in the socio-economic and political context they inhabit. Thus, remembering and narrating it from a place that pretends to be erased, silenced and unrecognized is always an affirmative action: both in the past and in the present, the final cry “we are here” resounds.
COLLECTION: Structural Racism and Police Violence. Causes, Impact, and Reform.
A collection that shares freely accessible articles (including the one mentioned in the Newsletter #1, “Memories of the struggles for the rights of immigrant women in Barcelona, by Catalina Álvarez Martínez-Conde, Clara Elena Romero Boteman, Karina Fulladosa Leal, Marisela Montenegro, three members of BRIDGES) to support researchers in future scholarship and amplify their critical work; educators as they discuss the impacts of systemic racism with students; and policymakers and advocates in their fight to make sweeping reform.
‘Vulnerable Refugees’ and ‘Voluntary Deportations’: Performing the Hotspot, Embodying Its Violence
Aila Spathopoulou, Anna Carastathis & Myrto Tsilimpounidi (2020) ‘Vulnerable Refugees’ and ‘Voluntary Deportations’: Performing the Hotspot, Embodying Its Violence, Geopolitics.
Podcasts from Sindillar
BRIDGES colleagues from SINDILLAR are publishing a series of three podcasts where they share their thoughts on Coronavirus confinement and its impact on their lives as migrant domestic and care workers. They present it this way: “From our precarious but subversive confinements, we spin sentiments and thoughts of what and how we are going through this present moment as domestic and care workers, migrants, with and without papers, with balconies and without them, with rooms and without them, registered (as inhabitants) and without being registered. As is the custom in our doing, a doing among diverse women, these reflections simmer, ignoring the analytical narratives of immediacy, avant-garde and opinion, in short, in ways that we hope to be part of a possible extinction among others… ”.
Podcast 1: “Confined but never defeated“
Podcast 2: “We want papers and flowers“
Reproducing Refugees: Photographìa of a Crisis
Carastathis, A. & Tsilimpounidi, M. (2020). Reproducing Refugees: Photographìa of a Crisis. Rowman & Littlefield International.
Hotspots of resistance in a bordered reality
Spathopoulou, A., & Carastathis, A. (2020). Hotspots of resistance in a bordered reality. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Memories of the struggles for the rights of immigrant women in Barcelona
Martínez-Conde, C. Á., Boteman, C. E. R., Leal, K. F., & Montenegro, M. (2020). Memories of the struggles for the rights of immigrant women in Barcelona. Critical Social Policy.