In this issue of FES 10 we intend to sound the depths of our post-virus world. The virus has only worked viciously to amplify existing unequal relations of power, biopolitical exposedness and vulnerability, in particular for people of colour, women, refugees, prisoners and other marginalised voices. Regimes of toxic erasure and selective memories have not only worked to efface these preexisting fault lines, but they have often inverted the narratives so that the victims become the perpetrators. Those contesting the ecocide of global warming, for example, are scripted as “ecoterrorists.” These regimes, in other words, are working to consolidate the very violent relations of power that are being contested by those at the receiving end of institutionalised state violence. This is perhaps nowhere more graphically manifest than in the now-global Black Lives Matter movement and the white racial panics (as exemplified by the US Capitol riot) of those that are desperately attempting to hold onto their racialised power, privilege and entitlements – all garnered thanks to histories of imperialism, colonialism and racial capitalism; these are histories that bind the EU and the UK with the settler colonial states that they birthed: the US, Australia, Canada and so on. The ‘new normal’ we are already facing is underscoring the evermore compelling need for change: The future is now, if it is to be at all. We say this as the unfolding global crises risk eliminating any sense of future at all if the status quo continues to remain in place.
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Deadline for article submission: July 31st, 2021
Deadline for submitting final accepted articles: November 15th, 2021