[-empyre-] detention vs movement violence

Christina McPhee naxsmash at mac.com
Thu Feb 11 06:46:43 AEDT 2016

 The Cherokee people were forced to walk from their home in the southern Appalachians to the plains of Oklahoma (pre-state “Indian Territory”) in the 1830s. Here is the question of language: what is it to speak of and to recover language from within the violent loss of home? Native American novelist Diane Glancy asks ‘would we find our words hadn’t migrated? “  The dread of this passage is worth quoting in full:


I remembered following Knobowtee through the woods in North Carolina.  The trees laughing. The creek. Our words came out of the land.  Would our words leave their place? Did they walk, too? Would we have language when we got to Fort Gibson in Indian Territory? Would we find our words hadn’t migrated? 

If the language didn’t ross on the rail, it would sink back inside the trees and rocks. It would be buried in the land.  It would go back to where it came.

Let Knowbowtee catch some words.  Let him talk to me. That will be the bird he catches. “

What about catching words? what is this situation, of the unspeakable situation— that speaks ? I ‘m asking about a poetics of migration, really— what can this be? 

Diane Glancy  / Pushing the Bear (novel) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushing_the_Bear <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushing_the_Bear>

http://christinamcphee.net <http://christinamcphee.net/>

> On Feb 10, 2016, at 2:58 PM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
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> what is "kinopolitics"?
> just wondering as the term (referring to kino/cinema)? was not clear to me when I think Ricardo 
> first brought it up...
> unless there is a link here to what, I think, P.Sloterdijk once wrote as a critique
> "political kinetics”, kinetic movement of 20th century politics of speed and displacement,
> war machines, etc
> -  i think in 1989 he even spoke of a kinetic inferno, but I doubt that at the time he
> could anticipate the current refugee migrations and displacements. 
> thanks for your reply Isabelle, I need more time to reflect, as I think
> my question was really how the "camp" has been used as a metaphor or
> as a symbolic system by philosophers and that is not what we were
> talking about, and my confusion came from a sense of the romantic resistance
> I felt you proposed vis à vis governmental / central policy of containment (which is not in fact
> quite true for Germany,  I surmise, where regional administrations and help organizations
> in a distributed federal landscape need to take often their own initiatives for help?); Calais
> and Grande-Synthe at Dunkerque may be dfferent in that respect, but i visited facilties in the
> Saarland near a town where I grew up and managing help was done through a mix of
> local institutions and mini-NGOs, and provisions for sleep, care, food were not
> left to "Jungle" self administration and done cooperatively, I wonder actually what
> forms of governance or camp community formation happen under the circumstances,
> and how different the anticipations or hopes may be (and Ana, your case back then surely
> sounds as if you had been very fortunate). 
> I wonder whether there would be room here to also look at some of the incidents of
> sexual violence, puportedly committed by immigrant asylum seekers staying in Germany
> at the time of the criminal offenses (Cologne e.g.), and how such violence has been used
> now against migrants by the instrumentalizing political wings and press. 
> regards
> Johannes Birringer
> dap-lab
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