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(Re) Thinking Transformations through Solidarity: Limits & Potentials 
Sarbani Sharma (Azim Premji University)
dyuti a (University of Sussex)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/007
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to brings together a discussion on political potentialities of solidarity building movements and how they contribute to socio-political transformations. What kind of solidarities matter in altering, subverting, challenging the common knowledge and understanding of equality.

Long Abstract:

Jacques Rancière imagines politics to be the opposition to police order by the excluded and marginalized (Ranciére 2010). The potential of politics, he argues, lies in the reordering of relations of power across and in between various cultural groups. The two past decades, in the lifetime of many of us, have seen moments that have (re)defined the contours of the liberation-equality project across the world. The assertion, resistances from the margins has pushed the boundaries of the manner in which the liberation-equality projects are both imagined and articulated. This panel attempts to develop a conversation about the possibilities and complexities of transformation possible through active solidarity building movements. It seeks to examine and interrogate the notion of solidarity and seeks to engage with questions of what is solidarity? How does the good old anthropological question of reflexivity and positionality redefine meanings and potentialities of solidarity across contested terrains? Does the politics of hope always get trapped in a colonial imagination of resilience? The panel invites debates and ethnographies that have been able to problematize the question of solidarities and its implications on transformative politics as well as on to the social meanings of hope today.

We invite panelists to interrogate the political potential of solidarity to the project of transformation today in the times of Black Lives Matter, Dalit Equality Project, Right to Self-Determination Movements, Islamophobia and Hate Speech. The panel seeks to explore the question -What are the limits of solidarity and transformation through solidarity?

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -