Flygtningen som avantgarde

  • Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


    Periode22 feb. 2019




    • TitelFlygtningen som avantgarde
      Grad af anerkendelseNational
      Mediets navn/udløbFilosofikum
      Varighed/længde/størrelse1 time
      BeskrivelsePodcast med Martin Lemberg-Pedersen til Filosofikum.

      In this interview, Lemberg Pedersen and Skytt Burr discuss anti-integration policies, European externalization and postcolonial dimensions in European refugee politics on the basis of the writings of Hannah Arendt from 1943.

      In her publication “We Refugees”, Hannah Arendt reveals something essential about refugee rights: Namely, how the nation state becomes the basis for providing these rights, and therefore, the ideal of universal rights must be rejected. Rather, having rights depends on the goodwill of the states. According to Lemberg Pedersen, this flawed assumption happens because we are still embedded in the illusion of the nation state as a home and as a root, but the refugee-figure invites us to change these presumptions.

      Arendt advocates for universal rights that are not based on the nation state but rather universal federalism. When the state fails to provide core rights, the refugee then becomes the “avantgarde” of such universal rights. In this strive, “We Refugees” poses interesting questions on how we talk about refugees and migrants. According to Arendt, the problem is that our language is infected with binary categories about the state as a home. Arendt aims to change these binaries by showing how the segregation of the Jewish refugees during Nazi-Germany in the language became the basis to segregate them in society. Hence, denationalization happens through the language.

      Lemberg Pedersen further adds history as an important factor. He states, how it’s a common misconception to trace the refugee category back to the Second World War and not include the refugees’ history in European colonial past. He suggests, how we need to trace the category all the way back to colonialism in the Caribbean to find precursors to present European border control and refugee policies. Further, he adds how colonialism was a crucial factor to give birth to the fantasy of European communities. Today, this history of the imagined European community has not yet been closed down but is still unfolding in European political realities. This invites us to include postcolonial and decolonial perspectives into our academic disciplines to give universalism a decolonial perspective.
      Producer/forfatterRosa Skytt Burr
      PersonerMartin Lemberg-Pedersen


    • Hannah Arendt
    • Avantgarde
    • Flygtning
    • Nazisme
    • Kolonialisme
    • Nationalstat