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(Dis)Connected Rail

Infrastructural Suspension and Phatic Politics in Romania

Adrian Deoancă


The political force of infrastructures is often attributed to their functioning as designed, while their political afterlives remain underexplored. In this article, I explore ethnographically the phatic force of ruins of infrastructure, by dwelling on a liminal railroad segment in Romania that remains unrehabilitated many years after its breakdown. Such an open-ended state of suspension allows the isolation of infrastructure's political and affective dimensions. The Giurgiu- Bucharest railroad met its demise in 2005 in the wake of heavy floods, producing an infrastructural gap that impacts local mobility and unravels the postsocialist social contract. State authorities and citizens engage in tactics of remediation that, while unsuccessful in resuming traffic, maintain a sense of phatic connection that kindles nostalgia for the past and frustrates anticipation of the future. These tactics make the railroad a medium for hope and at the same time a symbol for the absolute impossibility of hope.

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“It’s Being, Not Doing”

Hospitality and Hostility between Local Faith Actors and International Humanitarian Organizations in Refugee Response

Olivia J. Wilkinson

puts limitations on the full extent to which the guest can be made to feel at home. The concepts of absolute and conditional hospitality are respectively aligned with the Platonic ideal and then the distorted reality, with hostipitality manifesting

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Everything in Motion

Clio Andris and Juan Ruescas

somehow also economic. The gaps that open between the different scales of necessity are space for benefit. The animals’ differences in scale take on a new significance when in motion. Distances are absolute and shared by all—there is a single map of

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Mette Louise Berg, and Johanna Waters

constituting it as the absolute opposite of “the North.” As noted by Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Daley (2018: 22) , “Decoloniality demands a de-centering of global North knowledge through opening up spaces in Northern publications and through genuine collaborations

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Refugee Hospitality Encounters in Northern Portugal

“Cultural Orientations” and “Contextual Protection”

Elizabeth Challinor

of the borders and migration crisis of 2015. Jacques Derrida (2000) examines the internal contradiction between the law of unconditional “absolute hospitality” and the political and legal limitations imposed by the laws of the state. He argues that

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Gilad Ben-Nun

own traumatic experiences, came to elaborate some of the Convention's most humane stipulations ( Ben-Nun 2017a: 22–33 ). These included Article 3, which prohibits discrimination, and the absolute prohibition on refoulement (i.e., returning refugees to

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Enforcing Apartheid?

The Politics of “Intolerability” in the Danish Migration and Integration Regimes

Julia Suárez-Krabbe and Annika Lindberg

seekers’ human rights “to their limits” (Inger Støjberg, quoted in Olsen 2016 ), framing human rights conventions as privileges and not as absolute bottom lines. This article takes the Danish deportation centers as an example of how hostile environments

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Sanctuary City Organizing in Canada

From Hospitality to Solidarity

David Moffette and Jennifer Ridgley

proportion of calls made for status checks is similar in other Canadian cities, although they are lower in absolute numbers except for Montreal where calls have increased substantially since 2015, reaching 3,608 in 2017 (84% for “status checks”) (CBSA ATI

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Trending Transfers

A Decade of New Mobility Studies through the Lens of Transmodality, Transnationalism, and Transdisciplinarity

Gijs Mom

absolute lockdown, together with the rest of Spain. I knew what this meant as I had watched in awe how Wuhan, two months after I had come back from a fellowship at Shanghai University, had been isolated from the rest of China. 1 Spain's version was the

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Ceasing Fire and Seizing Time

LA Gang Tours and the White Control of Mobility

Sarah Sharma and Armonds R. Towns

. Mobility gives us the distance to see a neighborhood in terms of the way it looks, enables us to hold it to an absolute standard of urbanity or cosmopolitanism, and encourages us to judge its character apart from any personal history or intimate social