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Inte06a


(Re-)production and (re-)configuration of spaces through transgressing rules I  
Convenors:
Reza Bayat (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Ana María Troncoso Salazar (TU Chemnitz)
Khorshid Khodabakhshreshad (Georg August Universität Göttingen)
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Stream:
Intersectionality
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Wednesday 23 June, 10:00-11:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

The panel invites conributions to discuss questions of space, racism and resistance. Questions such as: how existing "spaces of racism" opens up as spaces in which resistance grows, and how spaces of resistance close again in favor of hegemonic relations of difference.

Long Abstract

In cultural anthropology, social issues are no longer discussed as framed by absolute spaces. Rather, space is understood as a product of action, communication, discourse and social relations as well as existing structures. This mutual relationship also characterizes spaces permeated by racism. Racism can be understood as structuring society and acting on all levels of society. In this regard, racist differentiations legitimate and constitute specific spaces, they organize access to social resources and participation, possibilities of (self-)representation and affiliations. However, these "spaces of racism" must be recreated again and again; they also may change when social expectations and rules are challenged or broken. In this respect, the panel asks how existing "spaces of racism" opens up as spaces in which resistance grows. For this purpose, the panel gathers three contributions: Khodabakhshreshad examines how white-Germans behave towards refugees in the context of "helping" spaces in refugee support work in Germany. Bayat discusses how spaces open up for struggles and resistance against the socio-political formations and discourses such as integration in the context of Iranian refugees in Germany. Ana Troncoso Salazar examines how the south of Chile materialized as a German space and what the arrival of German Jewish refugees meant for it.

To complement these contributions, we invite further works in the field of space, racism and resistance to apply. One possible further question might be, for instance, how spaces of resistance close again in favor of hegemonic relations of difference.

Accepted papers: