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COMMUNITY

What Does "Solidarity" Mean?

"It's very easy for us to talk about being in solidarity with somebody or groups of people, but what do we mean by that? What is the history of that?"
VOL. 2
8 Apr 2024

KAMIL AHSAN

· AZAD ESSA

· HEBA GOWAYED

· TEHILA SASSON

· SUCHITRA VIJAYAN

The first panel from our event on 30th March 2024, "Solidarity: Beyond the Disaster-Verse," at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York, which marked the close of Volume 2 Issue 1 of SAAG.


Here, Kamil Ahsan, Azad Essa, Heba Gowayed, Tehila Sasson, and Suchitra Vijayan discuss what "solidarity" means as a concept, how it is used, and whether it is useful.


It begins with some of the rhetoric that Kamil Ahsan discusses in his essay and editorial that closed Vol. 2 Issue 1 of SAAG, entitled Into the Disaster-Verse.


What follows is a discussion of four books from the panelists, including:


Photographs courtesy of Josh Steinbauer



SOLIDARITY: BEYOND THE DISASTER VERSE


SOLIDARITY: BEYOND THE DISASTER VERSE

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
SHEBANI RAO
A Freelancer's Guide to Decision-Making
JAMIL JAN KOCHAI
A Premonition; Recollected

Panel 1 of the event "Solidarity: Beyond the Disaster-Verse" held on 30th March 2024.

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Concepts
Solidarity
Palestine
Israel
The Solidarity Economy
Refugees
Syria
India
Political Prisoners
NGOs
Humanitarianism
Intellectual History
Sociology
History
Writing about Recent History
Language
Disaster & Language
Technology & Power
Technology & Majoritarianism
Israel & India Ties
Kashmir
Apartheid
Welfare State
Racializing Logics
Asylum
Diasporas
Abolitionism
Event
Solidarity: Across the Disaster-Verse

Kamil Ahsan is an environmental historian at Yale, a Franke Fellow in Science and the Humanities, and the founder of SAAG. He is also an essayist and critic based in New Haven and Lahore.

AZAD ESSA is a senior reporter for Middle East Eye. He worked for Al Jazeera English between 2010-2018 covering southern and central Africa for the network. He is the author of Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel (Pluto Press, February 2023). He is based in New York City.

HEBA GOWAYED is an Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY Hunter College & Graduate Center. Her research and writing centers the lives of people who migrate across borders and the unequal and often violent institutions they face. She is the author of Refuge: How the State Shapes Human Potential (Princeton University Press, April 2022). Her work has been published in Slate, Al Jazeera English, The New Humanitarian, and Teen Vogue, among others.

TEHILA SASSON is assistant professor of history at Emory University. She is a historian of the British empire and decolonization, with a particular interest in the history economic life, and the author of The Solidarity Economy: NGOs and the Postimperial Origins of Neoliberalism (Princeton University Press, May 2024). Her writing has appeared in leading publications such as the American Historical Review, Past & Present, and Dissent.

SUCHITRA VIJAYAN is the author of Midnight's Borders: A People's History of Modern India, and co-author of How Long Can the Moon Be Caged? Voices of Indian Political Prisoners. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, GQ, Boston Review, The Nation and Foreign Policy. She is an award-winning photographer, and founding member and Executive Director of The Polis Project.

8 Apr 2024
Panel
Concepts

JOSH STEINBAUER is an award-winning filmmaker, musical composer, and visual artist. His work has been shown in Heaven, Third Ward, No Moon, Gen Art, H. Lewis galleries, Harvard Art Museum and American Folk Art Museum, and published in Nowhere Magazine, Terrain, The Offing, Moving Poems, Scroll.in, BrooklynOnDemand, and the Times of India, amongst others. Some of his portrait drawings are currently exhibited at the Long Island City Artists' (LIC-A) newest show Drawing Beyond the Surface, curated by Jorge Posada.

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