Basic Concept of nowadays Times and possible solutions:
The word resistance usually evokes images of struggle, of opposition, but also of power, of domination, and oppression. In its concrete manifestations, however, resistance is more of a process of trial and error; it is often a story of failures intersecting, weaknesses combining and of building precarious solidarities in times of crisis. In this sense,
revolution is never a simple story of “success”.
We, as a mutlyethinical society are in need to explore resistances as a multiplicity, as practices and modes of thinking that challenge normative values of success and failure. Resistances act on the mechanisms of power in particular places, in concerted actions, as well as in daily routines of living, being, working, imagining, and organizing. They can manifest as coalitions of the weak and dispossessed but also as coagulations in that in-between, uncomfortable space of the semi-peripheral. We investigate resistances in the decolonial queer context, the cultural field at large, protest politics, and sex work, and will involve people alongside activists and other agents.
Berlin, ICI 27.05.2015