No Fear! As the words like "crisis", "tsunami", "influx", "flows", continue to be used to describe migration in Europe, the emotion of Fear emerges yet again on the shores of Europe's geopolitical imaginary and also pervades everyday interactions. Fear is in the 'gaze' in how you look at me and how I look at you. Fear is present in the images circulating the media; Fear is present in the silences and screams on the streets; Fear is in the absences of people who are here, and the presences of people who were here. Fear - a very old emotion attached to the imaginary of borders of Europe that emerges yet again in new forms. And, yet again, the time has come to ask fundamental questions on Fear. What fears? Whose fears? Who has "the right" to be afraid? Whose fears are more or less legitimate? Whose fears are more or less in/visible? At what cost and at whose cost? Where is fear located? Why do borders come to be associated with fear? Whose borders? Whose security is really at stake here? What about the freedom to not be afraid?
In the words of Nina Simone, the late American civil rights activist and musician who responded to the question what does being free mean to you, "I'll tell you what freedom means to me....No Fear! No Fear!"
Kolar Aparna Geographer (Nijmengen), Residency Researcher at Lungomare 2016