From the European South

a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities

Gli archivi incarnati del TransMediterrAtlantico

Paola Zaccaria


TransMediterrAtlantic embodied shadow archives. Objective 1: to test a comparativist and trans-disciplinary methodology developed for a research project titled “Un/Walling the Mediterranean Sea: local and transnational practices of transcultural ARTivist poetics and politics of hospitality and mobility,” whose goal is to go beyond the re-westernization/ de-westernization debate (Mignolo), namely beyond the territorial mappings that are still installed inside the ideologies behind those border signatures whose (de)sign is partition and appropriation and in the construction of the oldest form of spatial demarcation: the walling up of states and continents. Objective 2: (how) to develop and make visible MediterrAtlantic theories and performances inspired by grass-root activism and artivism in order to disrupt the geopolitical Eurocentric cartography, born consubstantially to the colonization and enslavement institutions, through the creation of an ongoing de-colonializing call-and-response diasporic pattern/confrontation between Mediterranean and Atlantic authors, theoreticians, artists, thinkers on philosophical, sociological, anthropological, geo-political, aesthetic, artivistic border epistemologies /poetics. To this end, it is here proposed: (i) to delve into the “embodied shadow archives” Joseph Pugliese (2012) speaks of, that is the territorial archives not included in the official “national” archives because considered too “corporeal,” too relational; (ii) to adopt a call-and-response relational geo-critical perspective, trying to contribute to the flow of epistemological and artistic marine currents between the decolonializing, de-centered positionalities/knowledges developed by chicana transatlantic border-thinking such as mestiza consciousness process/states and the decolonizing pressures of transMediterranean intellectuals, activists, artists, migrants, refugees who, by reclaiming freedom of mobility, by disseminating (de)signs along the Mediterranean routes and walls, are inscribing new aesthethics/politics/cartographies and are starting to shape an Asian-African-European Mediterranean and a TransMediterrAtlantic consciouness.




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