In our fourth and final instalment of this week’s #BeyondTalkingBack, Olivia Rutazibwa gives the last word to Robbie Shilliam, Professor in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He discusses our tendency to overemphasize the short term in our framing and handling of questions regarding refugees. >>> “I’m answering your question about sedimentations in light of the Trump victory, the executive order for immigration targeting a set of Muslim-majority countries, the relative enthusiasm that said order garnered amongst European publics, and the most recent decision by the UK government to close the “Dubs amendment” that, last year, committed Britain to taking its fair share of child refugees. What I’m going to say might immediately be interpreted, counter-intuitively, as nativism. But I hope you will stick with it just for a moment. I’m not into a radical politics that formulates itself around “emergencies”. The refugee issue always carries those terms. Materially, these are – no doubt – emergencies; and the humanitarian impulse should rightly be seen as addressing refugee issues in all practicality as emergencies. But a radical politics formulated around the sensibility of “emergency” won’t cut it. We need to strive for a bit more longevity in our bodies – […]
This week’s third monologue resulting from the December 2016 Race after the Postracial conference features Maboula Soumahoro, associate professor in the English department at the Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France. In conversation with Olivia Rutazibwa, Ms Soumahoro recounts her upbringing and her personal journey as a French woman of Ivorian decent, her experiences in school going and her academic career. In the US she studied and taught about black nationalism, arriving at key questions of academic legitimacy and objectivity. Turning her insights back on French society, she reflects on how her own sense of national identity has developed, and how anti-racist discourses and myths existing in public memory have obscured the real everyday racist bias and discrimination that persists. Click on the link for Maboula Soumahoro’s full monologue. For more on these and other topics, check out @o_rutazibwa and #maboulasoumahoro on Twitter.com.