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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Labor Migration

Der Titel "Labor Migration" trifft in zweifacher Hinsicht zu: Wir wollen sowohl Migration selbst als ein Labor gesellschaftlicher, kultureller Entwicklungen zur Diskussion stellen, als auch die Migrationsforschung im Labor einer kritischen Prüfung und reflexiven Neuausrichtung unterziehen. Seit 2010 engagiert sich das Labor als Berliner Plattform in aktuellen Debatten einer kritischen Migrationsforschung, in enger Verbindung zu anderen Initiativen und Instituten, die ähnliche Fragestellungen verfolgen.

Das Labor Migration ist ein Hierarchien übergreifender, selbst gestalteter Diskussionsraum, der Forscher*innen (Studierende, Promovierende, Mitarbeitende und Lehrende) am Institut und interessierte 'Externe' entlang von inhaltlichem Engagement und Expertise verbindet.

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Through the Corona lens - Part 2: Racialized bodies

Friday, 18.12.2020, 10:00 - 13:00


Inputs provided by Celma Costa, Milena Bister, Katrin Kremmler

(How) Does the pandemic sharpen our understanding of racialized bodies?

Following up on our last lab meeting, at which we discussed issues of convivality and racism in the face of the Corona pandemic, we will explore this time relations between the pandemic, human bodies and racialization. We will bring theoretical insights on the property functions of whiteness (Cheryl Harris), the race multiple (Amade M'Charek) and European racial triangulation (Anca Parvulescu) in conversation with each other and with our understanding of the effects and implications of the pandemic.

In particular we are looking forward to explore the following questions:

The increasing politicization of COVID-19 masks in predominantly white populations in the global north gives us a chance to rethink race and racialism. Drawing from C.I. Harris' 1993 paper, "Whiteness as Property", we reflect: How has the pandemic triggered the fragilities of racialized identities?

Drawing on the material semiotic approach within science and technology studies makes us question and explore the naturecultures of the pandemic: What are bodies and race made to mean in practices related to the pandemic?

Eastern European seasonal workers, systematically exploited by the German agriculture and meat industries, found themselves in the position of „disposeable subjects" in the pandemic, undeserving of protection (Raluca Bejan). (How) Do today's structural inequalities within the EU relate to continental European imperial and post-imperial legacies and regional patterns of racialization?

please register and get the zoom link from Ronda Ramm: ramronda@hu-berlin.de



Online event - Through the Corona lens: (How) Does the pandemia sharpen our view on racism and conviviality?

The current pandemic has caused different consequences at all social, economic and political levels, which has sharpened and brought to the surface different challenges, which critically need theoretical and empirical debate. Of particular interest to this session are the significance and challenges of conviviality and racism. Is the current crisis a shared experience and causes solidarity or does it promote the self-centeredness of privileged people? We frame the discussion from a macro-liminality approach as a space for transformation and change at a global level. For this session we will examine different case studies; disability community, health care system, refugee camps and spirituality.
We also question the role of the anthropologist, ethnographer and artist and how we face this new way of doing research at present. We opened the debate to reflect on new methodological and empirical forms for our field of research; digital ethnography / virtual fieldwork, dealing with social distance, auto-ethnographical research, structural difficulties of the research situation and transdiscipline methods. We intend for the first session of The Corona Lens to start the dialogue from our intimate and ethnographic perspective to open the discussion for everyone.


Join the discussion on 27th of November, 10-13h

In order to get the Zoom invitation for the event, please send a mail to: ramronda@hu-berlin.de