Keynote Lecture: "Combat Breathing"

von Prof. Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University)

19.09.2023, 18:00 - 19:30 (CEST), Ort: Verfügungsgebäude 4.101 (Platz der Göttinger Sieben 7, Göttingen) und online via Zoom

Im Rahmen der ENLIGHT Summer School "EU border regime(s) and the shrinking spaces of solidarity" 19.09 - 22.09.2023

What divides the world today is the right or lack of the right to breathe. Our world is a suffocating world, in which some people are not allowed to breathe. The illegalized people on the move who are suffocated to death in crowded trucks; travelers without paper who drown in the Mediterranean Sea; African Americans who are suffocated to death under the knees of a brutal racism. Furthermore, growth-dependent fossil capitalism has caused environmental degradation and air pollution in major cities in the global south, where breathing has become struggling. A suffocating world requires resistance. Black Lives Matter and Migrant Lives Matter movements echo Fanon, who said that the colonized revolts because it has become impossible for her to breathe. This talk is about the urgency of reclaiming life and the right to breathe.

Shahram Khosravi is professor of Anthropology at Stockholm University. His research interests include anthropology of Iran, forced displacement, border studies, and temporality. Khosravi is the author of several books such as : Young and Defiant in Tehran (2008); The Illegal Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, (2010); Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran, (2017); After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives, Palgrave (2017, edited volume); Waiting. A project in Conversation (2021, edited volume), and Seeing Like a Smuggler (2022, edited volume). He has been an active writer in the international press. He is a co-founder of Critical Border Studies, a network for scholars, artists and activists to interact.

In cooperation with the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), University of Ghent and the “Human Mobility and Migration Lab”, University of Groningen as part of the European ENLIGHT university network.

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