Closed Session: Center for Intersectional Justice
Under the heading "How can network survive the academy? How can you overcome challenges by using the resources of the group?" the non-profit organisation CIJ, which is working in the fields of "advocacy and policy-oriented research to make anti-discrimination and equality policy more inclusive and address structural inequalities more effectively in Europe", conducted a workshop with the YCA participants.
During the workshop it was debated whether the term vision is adequate, because it is widely used by large corporations. Since affirmative terms are deeply commodified, it was suggested to reinvent terms and the necessity stated to develop a precise and well-articulated position. Alternatively, vision could be viewed as day by day practice or as common principles. It was questioned whether a vision should be "universal", and who is allowed to have a vision.
As external obstacles "lack of structures of care, imposter syndrome, political quietism, censorship, imprisonment, no freedom of movements, unequal emotionanl labour burdens, tokenism, lack of solidarity" were voiced.
One group suggested to act towards opacity and hacking, giving the images of *Rhizomes and Mangrowes.