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Waiting - A Project in Conversation, Shahram Khosravi

Waiting is an inescapable part of life in modern societies. We all wait, albeit differently and for different reasons. What does it mean to wait for a long period of time? How do people narrate their waiting? Waiting is about the senses. If you do not sense it, there is no waiting. We sense waiting in the form of boredom, despair, anxiety and restlessness, but also anticipation and hope. Prolonged waiting is like insomnia - a state of wakefulness, a kind of mood, an emotional state. But it is also about politics; affecting and affected by gender, citizenship, class, and race. Blending ethnography, philosophy, poetry, art, and fiction, this book is a collection of works by scholars, visual artists, writers, architects and curators, exploring different forms of waiting in diverse geographical contexts, and the enduring effects of history, power, class, and coloniality
Table Of Contents
Frontmatter 1 Contents 5 Preface 9 Prelude I. The Weight of Waiting 13 Waiting 27 Care to Wait 33 The Sea is Mohammad al-Khatib's 51 Sandhours 57 Prelude II. Stolen Time 65 Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention 71 Remain 81 Arriving to Depart 89 Refugees Welcome? 97 Asymmetries 105 Prelude III. Waiting among Dead Trees 113 Ecologies of Waiting: Stories of a Vacant Land 117 after the blast: near silence, rising 129 Prelude IV. Standing in Line 137 Queues 141 The Distance from Here 143 Waiting in Queues under Dictatorship 151 Our Silence will Swell Like a Mountain 157 A Tenuous Case of Trust 171 Contributors 181
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Physical Description
1 online resource (190 p.)
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