IWMpost 128: Statelessness


Statelessness—a status of fundamental rightlessness and unprotectedness encompassing ever larger populations in the South and the North—is the central focus of the present IWMpost issue. A workshop on "Sites of Statelessness" held in September 2021 at the IWM marked the beginning of an intensive engagement with the problem of statelessness by the Europe Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration (a joint project of the IWM and the Calcutta Research Group), which promises to yield innovative insights.

Ranabir Samaddar addresses in his essay processes that produce the inability to invoke law. Nergis Canefe explains why international law has failed to deal with the problem of statelessness. Shamna Poyil and Nasreen Chowdhory explore the crucial role of the state in the construction of statelessness while Elspeth Guild and Sandra Mantu discuss the production of statelessness against the backdrop of counterterrorism in Europe. Finally, Subhas Chakraborty writes on the Komagata Maru affair of 1914, which prefigured the experiences of stateless people of our time. Paweł Pieniążek’s report on Afghanistan looks not at statelessness but at a state order in disintegration.

The essays by Till van Rahden, Ruzha Smilova, and Martin Nonhoff address issues of democratic theory while those by Timothy Snyder and Dimiter Kenarov pay tribute to two dissidents from communist Eastern Europe.

Another focus of the present issue is Turkey. The essays explore the “soft authoritarianism” of the Erdoğan regime (Ulrike Flader), the country’s changing position in the international order (Sebastian Haug), plans to revive the northern Cypriot ghost town of Varosha (Ezgi Özdemir), and the way Turkey’s EastWest dilemma is addressed in literature (Johanna Chovanec).

Two articles discuss the Green Transition in China (Janka Oertel) and Europe (Olivia Lazard). Finally, Michael Kegler and Vesna Velkovrh Bukilica give us insights into some less-known dimensions of translation, while Ludger Hagedorn introduces the Paul Celan Program for Translators at the IWM.

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Wir Stachelschweine: Die Kunst des demokratischen Zusammenlebens / von Till van Rahden
Should the Smart Rule? Meritocracy and Democracy’s Crisis / by Ruzha Smilova
Postkoloniale Demokratiekritik / von Martin Nonhoff 

Remembering Dissidents
Die Entscheidung für Freiheit im Gulag / von Timothy Snyder
The Dangers of the Everyday / by Dimiter Kenarov 

Staatenlos und entrechtet / von Ranabir Samaddar
The Production of Statelessness in Europe / by Elspeth Guild and Sandra Mantu
Staatenlosigkeit als permanenter Zustand? / von Nergis Canefe
The “State” in Statelessness and the State of “Statelessness” / by Shamna Thacham Poyil and Nasreen Chowdhory
The Tragic Journey of the Komagata Maru / by Subhas Ranjan Chakraborty

A State in Disarray / by Paweł Pieniążek

Zwischen Apathie und Hoffnung / von Ulrike Flader
The Strange Case of Varosha in Cyprus / by Ezgican Özdemir
Turkey: All Alone in Global Space? / by Sebastian Haug
Auf der Suche nach Europa: West und Ost im (post-)imperialen Roman der Türkei / von Johanna Chovanec

Green Transition
Wettbewerb in der Klimakrise / von Janka Oertel
Europe’s Biggest Test as a Peace Project Yet / by Olivia Lazard

Das Paul Celan-Programm des IWM / von Ludger Hagedorn
„Ich habe einige der besten Romane des 20. Jahrhunderts geschrieben.“ / Ludger Hagedorn im Gespräch mit Vesna Velkovrh Bukilica
Übersetzung und Politik / von Michael Kegler


Shalini Randeria: In der Welt zuhause / von Evangelos Karagiannis