Even in Shakespeare’s era, theaters literally shielded people from the state. Today’s theaters might talk sanctuary, but rarely practice it.
“What would it mean to create a sanctuary for all?”
Immigrants in the United States during the pandemic faced the same discrimination, disenfranchisement, violence, and terror as before—only intensified.
Why not redefine our asylum system to accommodate the complex and multiple reasons people flee?
The United States originates in settler colonialism, slavery, empire, and a long history of giving refuge to some while refusing refuge to others.
So long as the state can criminalize movement and eliminate groups deemed undesirable, no one is free.
Jenny Erpenbeck’s fiction is an attempt to grasp the underlying precariousness of our sense of identity and belonging.
Austria’s most famous asylum rises on regular terraces up the shallow slope of Vienna’s Gallitzinberg hill. Seen from the south, the asylum’s 60-odd buildings appear to merge, presenting a continuous ...