Online Reading Circle: Queer Lovers and Hateful Others (Jin Haritaworn 2015)

Facilitated by Rena Onat and Jin Haritaworn

Every Monday, July 26th – July 27th 2020, 6:00-8:00pm

“Exiled from both the gentrified spaces of queer regeneration and liberal multicultural moulds of respectability, the kitchen tables introduced in this book are crucial sites that wider social movements would be wise to become accountable to. Attending to them with care may well allow altogether different transitions to emerge.” (Jin Haritaworn, 2015)

On four consecutive dates we would like to dedicate ourselves to the book Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places by Jin Haritaworn, published in 2015: www.plutobooks.com/9781783712700/queer-lovers-and-hateful-others/

The course will be led by Rena Onat and will open with a public online talk by Jin Haritaworn on June 22nd about their latest work: #NotGoingBack: Prefiguring Worlds Beyond Racial Capitalism. The talk will take place in spoken English is open to the public, and not restricted to the participants of the reading circle. Further information on this will follow soon. A registration for the reading circle is possible after June 22nd. On July 27th, Jin will return to facilitate the final session of the reading circle.

The reading circle is deliberately set outside of an academic sphere and is explicitly also aimed at people who do not move within academic circles. The basis for the course is the mutual recognition of different forms of knowledge and knowledge production.

Course description

The reading circle will mainly take place in spoken German. The opening talk by Jin Haritaworn will be held in English!

In this course we will deal with current issues of bio- and necropolitics, mechanisms of exclusion and marginalisation, and colonial continuities of (Berlin) urban development and urban politics, based on the book Queer Lovers and Hateful Others. In this context, we invite you to relate the themes of the book to current developments. The cultural production of the Covid-19 crisis gives renewed relevance to the question posed in the book, which lives are worthy of protection and which are dispensable: “Who is allowed to live, who must die, and who is left to die?

 

Selected questions to be discussed in class:

  • How does the increasing securitisation and control in public space affect QT*BIPoC?
  • To what extent are we experiencing a renewed racist backlash in the wake of the so-called “Corona Crisis” and a repeated shrinkage in the size of spaces in which black people and People of Colour, especially QT*BIPoC, feel safe?
  • Which dreams and memories does the book open up? How can the generational knowledge we gain through Queer Lovers and Hateful Others help us to jointly develop new perspectives and decolonising strategies for the future? What possibilities and also increased urgency of exchange at kitchen tables and other places that are rarely perceived as places of social movement exist in times of physical distancing? How can these possibilities of exchange and joint knowledge production be implemented?
  • How can a transnational perspective support us in relating processes of marginalisation and systems of inequality and accordingly enable cross-community action?

 

Book description:

In Queer Lovers and Hateful Others Jin Haritaworn argues that queer subjects have become a lovely sight in the shadow of hateful Others, who are fixed as homophobic and disposable. Rather than an ‘in’ or ‘out’ sexual citizen, Haritaworn treats the queer lover as a transitional object that renders the shift between a welfare regime and a neoliberal regime palpable, and makes punishment and neglect appear as signs of care and love for diversity. Talking back at ‘invented traditions’ of women-and-gay-friendliness, and a queer nostalgia for more murderous times and places, Queer Lovers traces the making of a moral panic over ‘Muslim homophobia’. The new folk devil inherits technologies from older transnational panics over crime, violence, patriarchy, integration, and segregation. In contrast, the book foregrounds the environments in which queer bodies have become worthy of protection, the everyday erasures that shape life in the inner city, and the alternative maps that are drawn at Queer of Colour kitchen tables in inner-city Berlin. In the process, queer lovers, drag kings, criminalised youth, homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism, and other figures of degeneracy and regeneration appear on a shared plane, where new ways of sharing space become imaginable.

Information regarding participation and registration

Please only register if you can participate in 80% of the sessions. If necessary or helpful for work or training purposes, a confirmation of participation from xart splitta and the facilitators can be issued.

The reading circle is explicitly directed to folks who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour. The willingness to engage with BIPoC Queer and Trans* topics is a precondition for attending the course.

Please register by June 30th at: contact@xartsplitta.net

Your registration must include a short letter of motivation in which the following questions should be touched on:

  • Why did I choose to take part in the reading circle?
  • In what way have I engaged with Queer of Colour politics and communities, or other topics of the reading circle until now?
  •  In what way might I contribute to the group I will co-create during the reading circle?
  •  What are my expectations and hopes in regard to the reading circle?

The link required for participation will be sent to you once we have confirmed your registration.

In this course, we aim to build a space that is grounded in generous and reciprocal relationships where every participant takes responsibility for their own well-being and that of the other course members.


Jin Haritaworn is Associate Professor of Gender, Race and Environment at York University in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Germany, they spent their foundational years at Queer of Colour kitchen tables in London and Berlin. Jin locates their work in the tradition of activist scholarship, which attempts to be in the service of communities. Their publications include two single-authored books, numerous articles (in journals such as GLQ and Society&Space), and several co-edited collections (including Queer Necropolitics, Queering Urban Justice and Marvellous Grounds). Jin has made foundational contributions to several fields on both sides of the Atlantic, including gender, sexuality and transgender studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and urban studies, and has left their imprint on various concepts and debates, including gay imperialism, homonationalism, intersectionality, gentrification and criminalization, trans and Queer of Colour archives and politics, and queer space.

Rena Onat is an art and media scholar and is currently working on her doctoral thesis on “Strategies of Resistance, Empowerment and Survival in the Works of Queer Artists of Color in the German Context” (working title). Her research focuses on queer theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, visual culture, contemporary art and artistic knowledge. She has worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and at the Helene-Lange-Kolleg Queer Studies and Intermediality at the University of Oldenburg. She has also been a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Bremen, at the Alice Salomon Universtity of Applied Science in Berlin and at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee (in the Foundation Class). Since March of this year, she has been working at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee as gender equality officer.


Part of the Project: #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken

Embodied Motions

Sunday October 15th, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Embodied Motions.

CURIOSITY – AWARENESS – ENERGY – FLOW – EXPLORING

This workshop is directed at Black people and People of Colour

As Black people and People of Colour/ (racialised people) with various intersecting identities we are forced to navigate through systems of oppressions, and each of us has built or found tools to heal through this. We will investigate through sound / movement and experimentations to find other ways of healing and transformation. in doing so, we will give ourselves space and time to find out what practices works best for us individually and collectively. We encourage participants to have fun and bring an open mind and a curiosity for the space.

The workshop will take place in English and German spoken languages, with the spoken language not expressly being the focus.

Please bring warm socks and comfortable things to wear. Also please note that this is a scent reduced space so please avoid wearing artificial perfumes/fragrances. There will be beverages and snacks
provided.

Facilitators:

Ford Kelly: Black Queer Trans* facilitator who lives and works in Berlin. They have been and are involved in a number of community projects and events in berlin. some of which are the cutieBPOC Festival and Transformations Film Festival as well as co-facilitating a Feminist of Colour dance and movement research space. Ford also works at LesMigraS in the empowerment project Tapesh.

Pasquale Virginie Rotter: Author, Performer, Empowerment Trainer

Location: Mosaik – Kulturetage. Oranienstr. 34, rear building, 1st floor. Near to U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor.

The space including the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

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Pls. register till Oct. 10th via this form and send it to contact@www.xartsplitta.net

Deconstruction of Gender Binaries

Ent_2genderung/Deconstruction of gender binaries was a project with different formats that was initiated by by xart splitta in 2013. The ideas of Ent_2genderung are still very relevant, so we would like to keep them available for you. Have fun with reading!

Deconstruction of gender binaries posed the questions:

What happens when binary reproductions of gender are split up and abandoned?

What happens if I question/irritate/challenge gender binaries?

When does the deconstruction of gender reflect  racism_ableism_classism and

when is the criticism of racism_ableism_classism a deconstruction of gender?

 


Rethinking and Renaming Relationships

Do you know this scene? You tell friends about your last visit to your sister and her children: It wasn’t good, your sister spoke to others about her ‘brother’ (you) and the children always called you ‘aunt’. But you are neither sister nor brother or aunt or uncle. You don’t want to become a mother or a father, but ____________ and then there is a kind of wordlessness.

 

We want to change that! We want to re-/discover, discuss and share new or already found possibilities with you! We want simple languages; words and names that feel good and create visibility!

 

For a start, here are a few sentences to fill in and try out:

 

I am not a sister or brother, I am ________________

 

I am not a daughter or a son, I am _______________________________

 

I am not Dad or Mom, Mommy or Daddy, I am _________________________________

 

I am not an aunt or uncle, I am _______________________________

 

I am not a niece, nephew, cousin, cousin, but _______________________

 

We would like to encourage you all to question, criticise, rethink, try out and recreate language!

#CommunitiesSolidarischDenken – Thinking Communities in Solidarity

Pattern by www.colourlovers.com/lover/timanttimaarit

Supported by LADS (Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination of the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination), our focus from 2020 onwards will lie on the question of how we can think communities in solidarity #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken.

 

You will soon find more details under the menu items Events and Projects.


What does #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken mean for us?

  •  Spaces: creating, exploring & sharing knowledge together, as marginalised communities; learning and unlearning from and with each other.

 

  • Cross-Community: challenging mechanisms of “divide & rule”, collectively and across communities.  Recognition & empowerment with and through our different and specific experiences.

 

  • Alliances: alliance policies and the development of common strategies to draw attention to both our different and common realities.

 

  • Intersectional: working in a multilayered and multidimensional way; emphasising and being mindful of gaps, invisibilities and erasures.

 

  • Continuities: from a historical perspective for action in solidarity and transnationality.

 

  • Sustainable: documenting and publishing our processes and results.

In Germany and internationally we see ourselves confronted with constantly growing right-wing populist and racist tendencies. For us, the continuous development of new perspectives, thinking spaces and possibilities for action is one way of dealing with this. It is important to us that different forms of discrimination and racism are explicitly named and that their historical and structural interdependencies are addressed and analysed. Implementing this work within intersectional alliances and solidarities is thus a central starting point.

We want to create spaces in which we can jointly produce, exchange and pass on knowledge. In this way we want to irritate and break through hegemonic discourses that have silenced, overwritten or erased marginalised perspectives on history, historical developments and current situations. The moments and strategies of coming together and (common) resistance in the context of conditions of oppression and marginalisation are significant for analysis and practice.

A further central component of the project is the investigation of the necessary preconditions for successful alliance policies and alliances. This means to first of all critically question certain mechanisms of representation and invisibilities: Which perspectives and narratives are perceived and which are concealed or overwritten? Where are the gaps and how can we name them? It is precisely these narratives that need to be traced, perceived and (re)centred.

For the design and implementation of the project we will closely work with different communities, in which we are partly located ourselves. At a very early stage of the conceptual design, we will work with the help of participative methods, in order to reflect the multiperspectivity and multidimensionality that such a project must entail.

For inquiries and contact: contact@xartsplitta.net

 

Declaration on the termination of funding for xart splitta

Dear supporters, dear communities, dear friends, dear visitors, dear everyone,

Unfortunately, we have to inform you that our long-term basic funding for 2020 has not been extended. This means that we will have to end our work in February 2020. We are speechless, sad and angry. With xart splitta another space closes that focuses on intersectional empowerment, decolonisation and the (re-)centring of marginalised perspectives and is lead and shaped by Black People and People of Colour.

What happened?

In the course of the numerous structural and staff connected changes that xart splitta underwent in 2019, a new board was recently elected and convened. For the first time since the association was founded, xart splitta had thus become a space in which BPoC alone shape anything connected to organisational and content matters.

During this period of these changes , several attempts were made to contact the foundation that provided our basic support or to obtain information about it. For reasons that were withheld from us, the foundation wanted to remain anonymous. In the summer of this year, xart splitta was asked to submit an application for further funding for the year 2020, by an old board member, who had direct contact to the funding agency. We did this. The application contained a detailed list of the projects planned for 2020. With regard to the content of this planning, we stayed true to to our fundamental approaches and objectives: the continuation of our educational task, offers focusing on intersectional empowerment , as well as the expansion of our network and our various cooperations.

We were not given any comprehensible reasons for the withdrawal of our long-standing funding. Unfortunately, we now join the current sudden closure of various intersectional civil society associations working in the fields of antidiscrimination and antiracism. In addition, we are might also lose our space; a space that is wheelchair accessible including the toilet and has always been open for the use of external affiliated groups . Our space was used annually by over twenty different political initiatives and organisations.

Despite and besides our shock and anger, we are also very grateful. Grateful for the large number of people who, in one way or another, have contributed to xart splitta becoming what it has become: a place where intersectionality and decolonisation are not only discussed theoretically, but also put into practice through and with the manifold perspectives that the employees and many other people have brought into it.

What’s on the agenda now:

At the moment we are trying to find other ways and means to keep xart splitta alive in the very short time we have until the end of the year. Since we don’t have anything concrete in our hands, we already wanted to inform you about our situation and the possible end of xart splitta in the very near future.

If you have concrete questions or suggestions, how we want to continue or what we are considering to do, please contact us (up to and including January 2020): contact@xartsplitta.net.

Keep your fingers crossed for us and send us any positive thoughts and support you can think of.

With much gratitude and hope,

xart splitta Team and the Executive Board