What are recent examples of practices in which ‘assembling’ and ‘disseminating’ reconfigure agencies, resources, affects and information to give rise to new forms of collectivities? This round table brings together Björn Heerssen and Noel David Nicolaus from the interdisciplinary collective Clusterduck, and sociologist Serhat Karakayali to ask about the relationships and interdependencies between ‘assembling’ and ‘disseminating’ as constitutive mechanisms in processes of collectivization. How do agencies, resources, affects and information elevate processes of creating collective feelings? Together we discuss how ‘assembling’ and ‘disseminating’ take shape in each example, leading to different forms of collectivities; what practicable mechanisms, interfaces and infrastructures come into play; and how do these two instances approach possibilities of collective interaction in terms of ‘sharing’ and ‘learning’.
Dr. Serhat Karakayali is head of the department for Migration Research at DeZIM-Institute in Berlin, Germany. He is also member of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration (BIM), Humboldt University. His research interests range from the study of volunteers and refugee support groups in Germany and Europe, to the role of migrant activism in the context of German trade unions and on political attitudes of migrants in transnational spaces. Recent publication: “Helfen, Begründen, Empfinden. Zur emotionstheoretischen Dimension von Solidarität”, in: Helfen zwischen Solidarität und Wohltätigkeit. Schwerpunktausgabe von WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, 1.2019; “The social space of Autonomy. Constructing Scopes of Solidarity”, Special Issue South Atlantic Quarterly, 2017.