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More in Common? Blood, belonging and the politics of hate

Higher seminar

Higher seminar at the Department of Cultural Sciences.

Guest lecture with Hannah Jones, associate professor in sociology, University of Warwick.

Chair: Helena Holgersson.

The seminar is held in English.

On 16th June 2016, British MP Jo Cox was assassinated in the street. Cox was a campaigner for Britain to remain in the EU, and for refugee rights. Her attacker was reported to have shouted slogans of the far-right, anti-immigrant, racist and nationalist group Britain First. Cox's husband described her death as 'a political act', and promoted a message from her maiden speech to Parliament: 'we have far more in common than the things that divide us'. This all took place in a context where people were dying every day attempting to reach expected safety in the UK, while many UK residents were made to feel increasingly unsafe or unwelcome.

EU Leave campaigners attempted to silence discussion of the politics of Cox's death in the days and weeks that followed. Less shockingly, but perhaps more dangerous because of that, the use of #MoreInCommon as an anti-racist slogan invoking her life and death produces a particular form of non-confrontational politics which does not seem to address the causes of this crime, and its significance.

This paper will consider whether having things 'in common' can be enough to counter a politics of hate. I will discuss the ways that commonality and difference have been constructed in the racialized politics of nation, through the lens of a queer politics of connection that does not rely on commonality versus division but seeks ways of reimagining traditional nationalist tropes of blood and belonging in non-essentialist ways.

Lecturer: Hannah Jones

Date: 9/13/2017

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Humanities

Location: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8
Vasa 1

Contact person: Karin Wagner

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