Aktuell 2017

Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017, 19:00 Uhr

DO I BELONG?

THE IMPORTANCE OF BELONGING FOR A EUROPE LIVING IN DIFFERENCE

Curator: Antony Lerman
Published by: Pluto Press, London

Opening remarks:
Gertraud Borea d’Olmo, Bruno Kreisky Forum
Antony Lerman, Editor

Keynote:
Zia Haider Rahman
is a British novelist, born in Bangladesh and raised in the UK. His debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, was published in 2014 to international critical acclaim and was awarded the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize. Rahman is an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, Washington DC, and has been appointed a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Rahman is also a Senior Fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna. He worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs before practicing as a corporate lawyer and then as an international human rights lawyer. He has also worked as an anti-corruption activist for Transparency International. Rahman is co-founder of a tech enterprise, commonK, addressing the network science challenges of corporations, public institutions and civil society.

Discussion:
Isolde Charim, philosopher and publicist, Scientific Curator of the Bruno Kreisky Forum
Hanno Loewy, Director, Jewish Museum Hohenems
Viola Raheb, University of Vienna, Senior Fellow, Bruno Kreisky Forum

The notion of ‘belonging’ – which is both a fundamental human emotion and a political project, and all about ways of being different and managing difference – is a valuable prism through which we can consider the other key problems that threaten fatally to undermine much of what the EU has achieved since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. However, as most writing on belonging in recent years emphasizes, feelings of belonging or not belonging are very complex. For example, individuals may experience different and sometimes contradictory senses of belonging within themselves. EU bureaucrats may see national belonging as antithetical to a sense of European identity, but this may well be a myth. A sense of belonging in Europe may be engendered in many indirect ways, such as feeling safe and wanted within one’s faith community whose participation in public life is encouraged and promoted by local leaders and national authorities.
Moreover, there are multiple ways in which people feel that they belong. And some choose not to belong. The path of belonging is not linear. Belonging is dynamic, fluid, imagined, created and recreated. So the idea that there is one sense of ‘good’ belonging in Europe that should apply to all is simply unrealizable.

Publication
A diverse group of original thinkers, with sensitive and informed understanding of the problems Europe faces, was invited to contribute essays to the volume. What they will all have in common is either a primary concern with the subject matter of the book arising out of personal experience, analytical expertise or empirical research, or a background as an immigrant, the child of immigrants, or a more distant, but still existentially significant, connection with their immigrant backgrounds. These are writers who, to varying degrees, are dealing with the continuous, unfinished business of their own belongings, their own identities.
What will make these essays distinctive and unique, thereby yielding valuable insights into the troubles afflicting the European polity, is the way the writers will bring their own personal narrative of belonging to bear on the issues they are asked to address.

Publisher
Pluto Press is one of the world’s leading radical publishers, specialising in progressive, critical perspectives in politics and the social sciences. Based in London, it has been active for over 40 years and independent since 1979.

Contributors
Berkely Robert: The Missing Link: Building Solidarity among Black Europeans?
Borea d’Olmo Gertraud: Preface
Bozkurt Umut: The Paris 2015 attacks: multidimensional crises of the European project and the eclipse of the sense of belonging
Charim Isolde: When Do You Eat Lunch?
Demossier Marion: From the European Puzzle to a Puzzled Europe
Ebert Lars: Guilty Pleasure
Emek Seyda: The BIRD’S RELIGION
Fieschi Catherine: The reconstructed European
Guibernau Montserrat: The profound and ambivalent nature of belonging in the EU
Haider Rahman Zia: Europe’s Problem with Otherness
Klug Brian: A World of Difference
Lerman Antony: Introduction. A Journey, Not a Destination
Loewy Hanno: Jewish Museums – European Museums –Postdiasporic Diaspora
Pinto Diana: Growing Up Under Different Skies
Rabinovici Doron: The Undiscovered Continent
Raheb Viola: A never-ending story: my belonging journey
Rosenberg Goran: Home and Homelessness in Europe
Sternfeld Nora: Belonging to the Contact Zone
Yural-Davis Nira: The accidental European

 

 

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