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Transformation, hope and vigilance in borderlands I 
Jonathan Alderman (University of St Andrews)
Eveline Dürr (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)
Jonatan Kurzwelly (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)
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6 College Park (6CP), 0G/007
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel will discuss the practices people adopt to deal with precarity within borderlands. This includes everyday practices of watchfulness that shape them as subjects and individual and collective projects of hopeful transformation that attempt to reshape the common lifeworld

Long Abstract:

This panel examines precarity, identity transformations and hope within borderland contexts. Feminist Chicanx scholar Gloria Anzaldúa ([1987]2012: 19) has described a borderland as where "two or more cultures edge each other, where people of different races occupy the same territory, where under, lower, middle and upper classes touch, where the space between two individuals shrinks with intimacy". In borderland spaces where antithetical elements mix and combine in unexpected ways, people experience the daily knocking up against one another of different cultures, ways of being and political, bureaucratic and policing regimes. They face choices about how to place themselves in relation to often fluid boundaries meant to keep people apart but which people nevertheless cross and where nationhood and citizenship may be showcased or erased.

We intend to discuss the vigilant and watchful behaviour that ordinary people incorporate into their everyday lives to deal with living in borderland contexts in which their own belonging may be denied. We are also interested in how borderland subjects attempt to transform their social reality individually and collectively through actions that assert belonging. Such actions may challenge the nature of quotidian relationships characterized by coloniality through projects that inspire hope, and in the process transform borderland subjects themselves. Papers may therefore explore how subjects are shaped in parallel with political projects that question and attempt to overturn prevailing social relationships based in inequality and coloniality, and put imaginaries of better futures into action through resistance, hope and transformation of the commons.

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -