12/03/2012 | Writer: Kaos GL
Kaos GL magazine whose March-April issue was on ‘Nationalism’ is calling for papers for its May-June issue whose subject will be ‘Borders’.
Kaos GL magazine whose March-April issue was on “Nationalism” is calling for papers for its May-June issue whose subject will be “Borders”.
Kaos Writing Collective who decided to make 124. issue of Kaos GL on subject of “Borders” is calling everyone who wants to participate to contribute to magazine.
Kaos Writing Collective stated that their purpose is “to decipher the oppressive presence of the borders on the face of earth, space, body and language and to show that “this bordering logic” despite its own claims is always in a state of uncertainty.
“Prejudice and hate is constituted out of borders”
In the call, which emphasized that before borders put limits to commodities, bodies, land and spaces; they put limits on mind, pointed to some well known Turkish idioms and expressions:
"Caught while trying to cross the border"
"know the limit"
“Living on the border”
"I am minister of a conservative democratic party”
"Transgression of the limit”
"Turkish family structure"
"Being a citizen”
"This is not a matter of the century"
"It is too much”
"Here is Turkey, not Holland"
"Not that far”
All the idioms and expressions, all the discourses that employ the concept of “border” remind us that a border is where a prohibition begins. Being limited, being surrounded by borders informs all of us about two things; firstly a place of belonging and an acceptable identity, secondly the other who is not one of “us” and who is across the border. Being surrounded and determined by a border informs us about the acceptable and rational measures of conduct. Same condition also tells us about the relations between different human groups who are separated by borders; the prohibition of contact, restriction of communication and/or formed hostilities between them. A border primarily depends on the absolutization of difference between differents to ensure the impossibility of formation of any commonality. Function of border is possession, identification, fixation, comprehension of differences as homogenized unities, sanctification of belongings and damnation of the dissimilarities. Before borders put limits to commodities, bodies, land and spaces, they put limits on mind. Prejudice and hate is constituted out of borders”
“Presence of a border is always connected with the formation of a sovereign gaze”
The call which states that every metaphorical or physical attempt to transgress the border as a definite line is punished continues by saying that:
“The most fundamental characteristic of the bordering logic is imprisonment of every alternative life and forcing it to exist under that border, except its recognition of the right of sovereign to freedom. that every metaphorical or physical attempt to transgress or overcome the border as a definite line considered as an action which justifies punishment including death when it disturbs the sovereign or becomes visible to everyone or is caught by the sovereign gaze. Presence of a border is always connected with the formation of a sovereign gaze.”
“Transgression of borders requires deciphering the ambiguity of the definitions”
“The border begins with the act of definition. Definition and identification asserts that something is unchanging and it is inconceivable to think that it can change under the sovereign gaze. Comprehending the border firstly requires comprehending the process of definition and identification. Transgressing the border firstly requires deciphering the ambiguity of the definitions.”
“Which part is the inside, which part is the outside of the border?”
These questions were listed in the call for the May-June issue of the magazine which will be on the subject of “Borders”:
What is the border? Where does it begin? Which part is the inside, which part is the outside of the border? What happens if we transgress the border? Is the transgression of the borders is possible or can we just get rid all of them? Can we become borderless? And if we manage to obscure or completely wipe them out, would it be still necessary to transgress them?
To think, imagine and design a world in which all of the borders became transgressed to the point that they became meaningless and ultimately destroyed.
“Forthcoming subjects of Kaos GL Magazine in 2012”
Forthcoming subjects of the magazine which focused on “Conservatism” in its January-February issue and “Nationalism” in its March-April issue are going to be based on these topics:
The subject of May-June issue is “Borders”. The subject of July-August issue is going to be “Migration”. The subject of September-October issue is going to be “From illness to ideology; bodily resistance to stigmatization” and the subject of last issue of 2012 is going to be “Social Policy”.
You can contribute to the 124. issue of Kaos GL magazine which is going to be on the subject of “Borders” by sending your written or visual materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
until April 5th
The bimonthly magazine, Kaos GL, is open for contributions in each and every part, on and off the subject.
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Translator: Sercan Kıyak
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