Responding to current conditions of statelessness by way of Hannah Arendt’s mid- twentieth century reflections, this project proposes the aesthetic encounter as a practice of alternative, counter-national, forms of community and belonging. Artistic works exploring the vulnerabilities and the vicissitudes of statelessness b inspire a definition of stateless memory as a suspension or hiatus in time and space. Stateless memory, I suggest, can mobilize the memory of painful pasts in a different time frame than the progression toward pre-ordained futures that often seem inevitable in the space-time of the nation-state and the catastrophes it causes and suffers.
Marianne Hirsch on “Women Bearing Memory: Stateless Futures” at Sabancı University, March 21, 2019.
Article forthcoming in Critical Times