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Open Borders and the COVID-19 Pandemic

David Owen

political failure of the statist imaginary in an increasingly interdependent world requiring cooperation across borders. What implications does the COVID-19 pandemic have for arguments concerning open borders? Consider two initial responses. The first

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Not an Immigrant Country?

Non-Western Racism and the Duties of Global Citizenship

Adam K. Webb

The rise of non-Western societies, especially in Asia, to greater global influence demands greater scrutiny of how they engage the rest of the world. To date, every society with high levels of immigration is in Europe or a product of the European empires. The erosion of ethnically and racially inflected understandings of citizenship has also gone much further in the modern West than in East Asia or the Gulf States. Notably, however, liberal political theorists who make the case for a cosmopolitan opening of borders remain silent on such non-Western patterns of racial exclusion. Non-Western societies often claim that, because they are 'not an immigrant country', they should not be held to the same standards of openness and non-discrimination. International law, a product of the postcolonial moment, also has a blind spot on these issues. This article challenges such double standards. It suggests that the implicit normative argument for greater Western openness – collective guilt over the colonial experience and resulting racial stratification – leads in unexpected directions, implicating Asian societies in ways that they do not yet recognise.

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In, and For, Hope and Solidarity

Mette Louise Berg and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

refugees were welcomed with open borders and “open arms” while racialized third nationals fleeing from the same conflict, including 76,000 students from diverse African countries studying in Ukraine, were forcibly prevented from crossing the same borders

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A border‐as‐tidemarks in the Polish–German borderland

Agnieszka Halemba

Since 2004, when Poland joined the EU, and especially since 2007, when it joined the Schengen zone, the Polish–German border, formerly perceived and experienced as highly controlled, has been increasingly described as a disappearing one. Yet the border as a spatial organisation of difference is still a part of the everyday experience of the inhabitants of the region. Especially younger Polish people see the border as a valuable resource, with a potential to make their life easier and better. I show how the continuous presence of the (open) border influences the practices of people on the ground. I conceptualise this border as a set of multiple tidemarks that are simultaneously visible and consequential, as well as ephemeral and changing. From the perspective of people living next to the state border, the multifarious border has strong virtual aspects – it is a set of potentialities that can be, but do not have to be, realised as resources.

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Reassembling Musicality

Critical Music in Reassembly on Tinos

G Douglas Barrett

Reassembly, curated by G Douglas Barrett and Petros Touloudi Tinos, Greece 5 July 2017 to 31 October 2017

The free movement of bodies and objects once considered critical for the smooth functioning of contemporary art has appeared, especially since 2017, increasingly uncertain in this era marked by new forms of nationalism, xenophobia, and economic isolationism. Indeed, many artists working in this environment have found it difficult or impossible to cross once unquestionably open borders, or to ship works to and from exhibitions held across a requisitely international stage. As an attempt to respond to this crisis, I, along with Petros Touloudis, curated Reassembly, an exhibition held in the summer of 2017 on the island of Tinos, Greece. The exhibition came out of an annual residency program organized by Touloudis’s Tinos Quarry Platform and was held at the Cultural Foundation of Tinos. Overall, we wanted to ask if there is a critical role for music can play in the field contemporary art, especially as its plagued by new forms of border policing and geopolitical conflict.

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Sanctuary Says

Alexandra Délano Alonso, Abou Farman, Anne McNevin, and Miriam Ticktin

of resistance Open borders The commons Revolutionary commitment Uniting struggles Radical education Abolition as praxis Holding difference Defying norms Working outside the state The practice of community Liberation Freedom of

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Sticking to Her Guns or Going with the Flow

Assessing Rigidity and Flexibility in Angela Merkel's Political Decision Making

Christian Schnee

have argued that Merkel's staunch advocacy of open borders within the eu' s Schengen Area in 2015 was itself a stakeholder-driven diversion from her earlier somewhat circumspect refugee and migration policy with a view to conciliate her spd partners

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European Democracy after COVID-19

Ulrike Guérot and Michael Hunklinger

matters. Despite the efforts of the European Commission to re-open borders quickly, this only happened step by step in June 2020. In addition to that, many fundamental rights were restricted in almost all EU member states—on an often rather dubious legal

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No Demos in the Pandemic

Asma Abbas

open borders, it is important not to fall for the liberal state whose logic of securing some still cannot come without sacrificing others, and who will never betray capital. When it comes to the state, and all the institutions that have been built in

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A New Blue-Collar Force

The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class

Philipp Adorf

represents an immigration model that lacks sustainability. Nevertheless, their party has refused to budge on the concept of open borders and benefits for migrants. Whether Wagenknecht’s “Aufstehen” (Rise Up) movement that seeks to combine leftist economic