Resituating Balibar/Wallerstein‘s “Race, Nation, Class”
Mar 15—17, 2018
Racism is omnipresent. Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein had already urged us to renew our understanding of racism in 1988. In “Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities” they traced the paradoxes of capitalist society: racism and nationalism impede the interests of global capital—and yet these three exist to this day in a seemingly irresolvable, sinister triad. This is the starting point for a new assessment of these paradoxes: in discussions and lectures on the historical constructions “race,” “nation,” and “class” and in conversations on contemporary social conditions worldwide the question is how the“practice of theory” called for by the two authors can work against these conjunctures.