Public Panel Discussion “Political Climate Change? Racism and the Mainstreaming of the New Right.”

Public Panel Discussion “Political Climate Change? Racism and the Mainstreaming of the New Right.”

21.09.2017 ⎹ 18.00 – 20.00 ⎹ HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)| Hallesches Ufer 32 | Berlin⎹ The Event will proceed in English

Public Panel DIscussion With:
Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego)
Naika Foroutan (BIM/DeZIM)
Gökçe Yurdakul (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Antje Schumann (WITS University Johannesburg)

Event Description:
In the last years, right wing movements impacted on European and US-American societies in multiple ways, initiating global repercussions and triggering a set of new questions: Is there a substantial change of the political climate in the general public, now (re)embracing a whole set of inter-linked right wing agendas from racism and white superiority to anti-genderism and national chauvinism? Have previously present racist formations simply been (re-)injected into the mainstream of Western societies? What is the impact of right wing mobilization on expanding border regimes and the governance of migration? Are there local specifics and transnational similarities reinforcing localized expressions of right wing mobilization and racism? What counter movements and alliances are emerging and what are the challenges and changes of those?

When and Where?
21.09.2017 ⎹ 18.00 – 20.00 ⎹ HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)| Hallesches Ufer 32 | Berlin⎹ No Entrance Fee.

Call for Paper: Social Inclusion (Open Access Journal)

We are happy to announce that Kosmos Summer University is now cooperating with Social Inclusion Open Access Journal. Anyone who is interested to publish their research is welcome to submit your article. For detailed information please read the introduction below.

Social Inclusion: Open Access Journal

Volume 6, Issue 1

Title: The Constitutive Powers of Migration: Refugees and the Transformation of Migration Societies

Editors: Ulrike Hamann and Gökçe Yurdakul (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 July 2017
Submission of Full Papers: 15 to 30 November 2017
Publication of the Issue: March/April 2018

Information: Migration has deep impacts on social structures and socio-political power relations in departure, transit and arrival countries. Migrants and refugees contest and transform dominant notions of nation-state, state control, national sovereignty, citizenship, and participation. In migration processes, both newcomers and people already living in arrival societies may voice their concerns about equality and inclusion while renegotiating the meaning of national belonging and other forms of membership. Such processes bring up new possibilities of belonging, unexpected alliances between social actors and new definitions of who we are.

Our intent with this issue is to reflect on the intersecting social, economic, political and cultural dynamics that arise in sending, transit and arrival societies as a result of migration. We aim to learn from practices of solidarity and conviviality in order to better conceptualize inclusion in migration societies. Our focus lays on the challenges to and transformation of societies, which are as much shaped by migration regimes as by the struggles for social inclusion of migrants, refugees and solidarity movements.

The authors of the thematic issue will engage with topics such as:

– Discourses of the new right: the impact of (re)surfacing right-wing movements and right-wing politics in societies with a history of fascism, apartheid and/or colonialism;
– Inclusion and conviviality: practices of conviviality developed through migration;
– Contested concepts of inclusion and exclusion, such as citizenship, belonging and membership;
– Acts and structures of solidarities between citizens and non-citizens and their relation to state and supra-national institutions;
– Impacts and struggles of migrants and refugees on urban and rural space;
– Migrant and refugee movements: power and privilege within migrant and refugee movements;
– The impact of class, gender and race: possible transforming effects of migrant and refugee movements on global and local class structures and racialized relations;
– Narratives of migration: gendered, racialized and culturalized narratives of the nation. New/old collective identities as antagonistic to each other;
– Migrant and refugee narratives in the media as forms of knowledge production;
– The role of civil society: ambivalences of a transforming civil society in relation to state institutions, especially with acts of solidarity and hospitality;
– Divisions in civil society organizations and intensified political and policy based hostility.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to the journal’s editorial office ( by 15 July 2017.

Open Access: The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.