[spectre] Remembering Gastarbeiters - webjournal and conference

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*/The Gastarbeiter: In Search of an Afterlife/
transversal web journal
It didn’t take long for the so-called "migrant crisis" to fully manifest 
its political impact on Europe. Not only are the forces of the status 
quo – which guaranteed the stability of the old continent for decades – 
rapidly losing popular support as they are seriously being challenged by 
growing right-wing movements today, the very survival of the EU is now 
at stake. And again, the issue of migration appears at the very heart of 
all this political turmoil – not because it is the cause of a crisis, 
which the political elites must resolve to save Europe, but because it 
is used by these same elites to conceal their own inability to cope with 
the historical crisis of neoliberal globalization which is demolishing 
the European dream today.

Therefore, what is euphemistically called a “migrant crisis” today is in 
fact a means of historical forgetting. Moreover, it is, at the same 
time, itself the result of a forgotten history; for migrants are by no 
means newcomers to Europe. There is no better reminder of that fact than 
the old figure of the gastarbeiter – the so-called "guest worker" from 
the South who moved and worked throughout the spaces of North/Western 
Europe at the historical peak of industrial modernity.

The texts in this issue attempt to reawaken the memories of 
gastarbeiters in order to historicize the current experience of 
migration and its dangerous political appropriations. They aim at 
revealing a hidden genealogy of domination, exploitation, and 
manipulation, as well as a struggle for justice and emancipation. Those 
who cannot historicize the conditions in which they live will never be 
able to politicize them.


*Sandro Mezzadra / Davor Konjikušić*: Humanitarianism Destroys Politicality
*Serhat Karakayali*: /Lotta Continua/ in Frankfurt, /Terror of Turks/ in 
*Jana Dolečki*: “Home, Foreign Home” – commemorating the 50-year 
anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Labor Migration between 
Austria and Yugoslavia
*Margareta Kern*: How to Speak Precarious Histories from a Precarious 
*Katja Kobolt*: How to Speak Precarious Histories from a Precarious 
*Amir Hodžić*: Fragments of Queer Mobility



*They'll Never Walk Alone: Remembering /Gastarbeiters /in the Neoliberal 
6-7 October 2017
Depot, Breitegasse 3, 1070 Vienna



*Day 1: Friday, 6 October*

10.00 – 10.30 Introduction and welcome
Boris Buden, Lina Dokuzović

Panel I: 10.30 – 13.30**An avant-garde figure or a role model? The 
relevance of Gastarbeiters today.
Boris Buden, Jana Dolečki, Jon Solomon, Manuela Bojadžijev

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 15.00 Screening GUESTures (GOSTIkulacije) 2011 (two-channel HD 
video, 33min) by Margareta Kern

Panel II: 15.00 – 17.30 Marginalized and invisible experiences – women 
Gastarbeiters and queer flight.
Katja Kobolt, Margareta Kern, Ana Hoffner, Amir Hodžić

17.30 – 17.45 Short break

17.45 – 18.30 Discussion

*Day 2: Saturday, 7 October*

Panel III: 14.00 – 16.30 Rethinking "guests" and "workers" in 
post-Fordist forms of labor mobility.
Lina Dokuzović, Monika Mokre, Stefan Nowotny, Keti Chukhrov

16.30 – 16.45 Short break

16.45 – 17.30 Discussion

17.30 – 19.30 Multilingual discussion and exchange of experiences, 
challenges, and knowledges of migration. Open to everyone.

19.30 Closing statement and performance by the choir HOR 29. Novembar, 
singing Gastarbeiter songs.

Join us for drinks and continue an informal discussion.

"The Gastarbeiter: In Search of an Afterlife" and "They'll Never Walk 
Alone: Remembering Gastarbeiters in the Neoliberal Age" are part of 
*/They were, those people, a kind of solution/*, a co-operation project 
by What, How & for Whom/WHW (Zagreb), Tensta konsthall (Stockholm), 
Centre for Peace Studies/CMS (Zagreb) and eipcp (Vienna).**

/They were, those people, a kind of solution/ is co-funded by the 
Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The eipcp's 
participation in this project is also supported by the Arts and Culture 
Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

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