WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW?
CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE NOTIONS OF HOSTIPITALITY
With contributions by
Elena Agudio, Ulf Aminde, Mohamed Amjahid, Arjun Appadurai, Bilgin Ayata, Ibrahim Arslan, Joshua Chambers-Letson, Jacques Coursil, Jihan El-Tahri, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Raisa Galofre, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Lionel Manga, Naeem Mohaiemen, Peter Morin, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Massimo Perinelli, Denise Ryner, Miriam Schickler, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Safiya Sinclair, Margarita Tsomou, Tania Willard
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Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now? What are they here – violent, savage, lawless? or friendly to strangers, god-fearing men?
The unlikely seemed possible in the summer of 2015, as thousands of immigrants from mostly Syria made their way to Germany and Angela Merkel made the statement “Wir schaffen das” (We can do it/ we can cope with it). A German’s venture into open hospitality was being witnessed as the country celebrated its newfound “Willkommenskultur.” Soon enough, however, the summer of grace became the autumn of rage and the winter of nightmares, as the initial goodwill turned into the resurgence of the extreme right in Germany. Much is happen- ing today that calls for a reflection on hospitality in Germany, in Europe, and in the world at large. Taking as a point of departure Derrida’s notion of “hostipitality” – that is the presence of hostility in all hospitality and hosting – this anthology brings together original contributions from artists, scholars, activists, poets, curators, and musicians who participanted in our 2018 project and reflects on different experiences and notions of hospitality.
In an age of flourishing resentments and antipathy towards all that seems conceptually or physically “strange”/ a “stranger,” in a time when the historical violence of the guest (as a colonizer) over the host is reiterated and fortified; in an era that has turned hospitality into a neoliberal commodity, it becomes urgent to reconsider hospitality’s gradients of power.
SAVVY Books aims at promoting epistemological diversity, resonating with Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s claim that “Another Knowledge is Possible.” By acknowledging the limits and faults of academic disciplines and advocating for processes of unlearning, our effort is thus to create a platform which encourages extra-disciplinary knowledges – and promotes the thinking and writing of authors, artists, philosophers, scientists, and activists whose practices challenge Western epistemologies: looking towards epistemic systems from Africa and the African diaspora, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Latin America.
The series brings together SAVVY Contemporary and Archive Books in a collaboration based on the shared interest in a multiplicity of knowledges beyond the Western canon and a commitment to foster critical discussions and forge new collaborations and coalitions. We like to think of the books in this series as “borderlands,” to use an expression by Chicana poet and feminist Gloria Anzaldúa, by which we mean spaces where “a new story to explain the world and our participation in it” can be elaborated and told; spaces where epistemological disobedience (Walter Mignolo) and divergent thinking can be practiced.
EDITED BY Federica Bueti, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Elena Agudio
SAVVY BOOKS ART DIRECTION Elsa Westreicher
GRAPHIC DESIGN Clara Brandt, Archive Appendix, Lilia Di Bella, Chiara Onestini, Chiara Figone
PUBLISHING Archive Books in collaboration with SAVVY Books
2020, English, 320 pages
PRICE 24 EUR
Available At SAVVY Contemporary (cash only) or worldwide via the publisher's website archivebooks.org
THE PROJECT WAS INITIATED BY Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
THE PROJECT WAS CURATED BY Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Denise Ryner, Elena Agudio
A SAVVY Contemporary project in the framework of 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. In Collaboration with Or Gallery, Vancouver.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. With kind support of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.