film screening and talk: hilar una frase – stringing words together

wednesday, october 11th, 20h 

(esp., eng. subtitles) a critical analyses of instructional material used in so-called german “integration” courses and part of the exhibition project “man schenkt keinen hund”, which interrogates the identitarian discourses around the concept of “integration”. followed by a discussion with the filmmaker karen michelsen castañón and the protagonist mauricio pereyra.

man schenkt keinen hund : 1 july–24 september 2017

using various artistic approaches, the research project “man schenkt keinen hund” interrogates the identitarian discourses around the concept of “integration,” it looks at the pedagogic formulation and iconographic design of german textbooks for integration courses.
 for example, how the characters and individuals that appear in the photographs, illustrations, and texts are distinguished as either “immigrants” or “natives”? which definitions of the “familiar” and the “other” are inscribed in the teaching materials? how are (national) identity and language positioned in relation to each other, and what concept of culture is deployed to produce cultural difference?

*film: esp. with eng. subtitles*
*the postscreening talk will be held in german and english/
das gespräch im anschluss findet auf deutsch und englisch statt*

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Booklaunch: “Decolonize the City! Zur Kolonialität der Stadt – Gespräche | Aushandlungen | Perspektiven”

Freitag, 13. Oktober, 19h

Booklaunch und Gespräch mit dem Herausgeberinnenkollektiv Zwischenraum.

Im Mittelpunkt des Buches “Decolonize the City!” stehen die Perspektiven derjenigen, die als zugleich rassifizierte, vergeschlechtlichte und sexualisierte ›Andere‹ hervorgebracht und gelesen werden – und sich selbst so verstehen oder auch nicht. Im Buch geht es um politische Praktiken der Verortung, um Selbstbezeichnung im deutschen/transnationalen Kontext oder das Verhältnis zwischen Stadt und der Verortung rassifizierter Menschen und Communitys. Das Buch ist eine Intervention in die deutschsprachige Debatte zur ›europäischen Stadt‹, da die Autor*innen aus einer rassismuskritischen und solidarischen Perspektive nach dem Alltag und den Kämpfen postkolonialer Migrant*innen und People of Color in der Stadt fragen und eine urbane Dekolonisierung einfordern. Die Herausgeberinnen des Kollektivs „Zwischenraum“ (interstice) stellen das Buch vor und diskutieren die aktuelle Relevanz von Kolonialität, wie sich diese erst kürzlich auch beim Brand des Grenfelltowers in London zeigte.

Der Abend wird moderiert von Iris Rajanayagam



Reading: Revolutionary Mothering. Love on the Frontlines

Thursday, 29th of june, 20h

Reading from the anthology with co-publisher Mai’a Williams.
Followed by a conversation with Iris Rajanayagam and Mai Zeidani Yufanyi (mothers and activists)

The event will be held in English. Donations warmly welcome.

None of us are here unless we are mothered. We are mothered by our movements, our families of origin and chosen family configurations and we all still struggle to mother ourselves and each other. Turning to visionary mothers from the 1970s to today as guideposts, Revolutionary Mothering activates mothering as the answer to the key questions for our species: (How) will we continue to exist? How do we imagine a future beyond ourselves? How do we relate to resources and time in a life-giving, life-renewing way, for real?
The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender and food justice, anti-violence, anti-imperialist and queer liberation are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits; activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present; move beyond individual narratives of choice towards collective solutions; live for more than ourselves; and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see.
Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines asks queer, of color, poor, marginalized, excluded, oppressed, criminalized mothers to offer answers to these questions based in their own transformative lived experiences. This is a place where the voices of insurgent mother-activists are center stage. Maybe it will help you imagine how our movements would feel if mothering were in the center lighting an intergenerational fire under all of us. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines offers the collective insight of mothering activists across generations with lessons that we believe will benefit everyone in our movements.

Mai’a Williams is a writer and poet and lives in the U.S. with her daughter, Theresa. It was her living and working with Palestinian,  Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities, that initially inspired her to become a mother and continues to guide her as she practices this life-giving work, called radical mothering.
She is author of two books of poetry, No God but Ghosts and Monsters and Other Silent Creatures. She is the instigator of the Outlaw Midwives movement, zines, and blog which shifts the discourse around birth, life, death and healing by offering a vision of radical empowerment and accountability. In 2008, she published the Revolutionary Motherhood anthology zine and the corresponding group blog, a collection of writing and visual art about mothering on the margins, which became the inspiration for Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.

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