Solidarities outside the box

2019-05-03T08:27:30Z (GMT) by Lisa Pilgram Alena Pfoser
With constant news about growing Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, the rise of right-wing movements and parties across Europe and the world – the media is dominated by stories documenting and trying to understand our ‘age of anger’ as the essayist Pankai Mishra has called it in his recent book. Publicly displayed emotions of anger, anxiety and resentment have our attention. In a political climate shaped by uncertainty and competition, the social is increasingly understood in ethno-cultural-religious terms and the ability to live together in diversity is put in question. For example, a recent survey by the 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index and reported in the Guardian found that ‘more than half of Britons believe their culture is threatened by ethnic minorities living in the UK’.....