Resituating Balibar/Wallerstein‘s “Race, Nation, Class”
Symposium, Mar 15–17, 2018
Racism articulates itself through class relations and intensifies in nationalist currents. A new understanding of this dynamic is needed in order to create emancipatory and solidary social models. That is the diagnosis of the seminal volume Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities by Étienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein. Thirty years after it was first published - at a time when this sinister triad rises again - it is urgent to redefine the ambiguous effects of their relations. The three-day symposium will pursue this renewed analysis with theorists and activists from a variety of professional, linguistic, and local perspectives. In discussions, lectures, and presentations, they will examine new forms of racism, and question conventional notions of class as well as the radical transformations to which the concept of nation is being exposed today.
Image: Processed version of the work of art Impossible triangle, 1934 with special permission © Oscar Reutersvärd / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Design: NODE Berlin Oslo