Dissolving Territories Part II

4+ Airport

Wednesday, Mai 22nd 2019, 7pm, @ aquarium am Südblock

Guest speaker: Nahed Awwad

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Airports are often described as so-called non-places. But what does this mean?

No airport can function without an armada of people working behind, in front of and under the scenes of regular airport operations. Airports are nowadays capitalist (private) entities that not only enable the mobility of millions of people, but also generate the livelihoods of millions. In many places, airports are important employers who engage tens of thousands of people. For them, the airport is neither a gateway nor a transit point: it is a fixed point in their day to day lives.

However, not everyone who counts airports as part of their everyday working lives is allowed to walk through the futuristic entrances through which travellers enter and experience this place. People who work in the low-wage sector at airports walk through countless back doors, through which they are supposed to silently disappear again. This also includes thousands of Tamil workers.

Today, they are employed as cleaning staff, baggage handlers or security officers at airports globally.. Their skin colour or supposed origin has become part of heir daily uniform. Many of these workers are former asylum seekers who escaped the racist persecution and genocide of Tamil people in Sri Lanka with aeorplanes. In a narrative twist, they today often work exactly in the places in which they arrived as travellers without return tickets.

In our next event, we ask ourselves what it mean when people who used to enter airports in order never arrive have become the enablers and softeners of the mobility of privileged citizens? If airports are non-places, are they consequently non-people?

As part of the event, we will be showing excerpts from the film »5 Minutes from Home« by Nahed Awwad: www.nahedawwad.com/5-minutes-from-home/

The event will take place in spoken English. The location including the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

Nahed Awwad is an independent filmmaker; She has worked with well- known Palestinian filmmakers, local Palestinian TV stations and later international networks. In 2004 she got her film diploma from the European film college in Denmark and has released eight documentary films between experimental, short and feature length. Awwad’s films were screened at various international film festivals, including HotDocs film festival, Canada 2013, Dubai international film festival in 2012, Vision du Reel Film Festival, Nyon, Switzerland in 2005 and 2008 and the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 (Cinema Sud). In 2009 she was granted the International Trailblazer Tribute -Middle East Trailblazer in MIPDOC.

»Dissolving Territories« part II is funded by the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin.

In the second part of Dissolving Territories, different questions in the context of the violent expulsion of state territories and the creation of new social landscapes, infrastructures and communication channels will be examined and discussed from a decidedly Tamil perspective. Dissolving Territories will focus on eelam-tamil voices and approaches, voices and life-worlds that have always remained unheard. With this series we want to look at memory cultures and the construction of narratives through the lens of a Tamil point of view and thus attempt to discuss territorial and cultural-geographical questions as well as deconstruct local myths around the themes of flight and resistance in Germany.


Bewegungsgeschichte*n re/visited: Gespräche mit Zeitzeug*innen

This event will take place in German spoken language. German information below:


Montag, 1. April, 7pm


1970er bis Anfang der 1990er Jahre: Schwarze Communities und Communites of Color: Ausgangspositionen – Begegnungen –Erkundungen

Mit: Anita Awosusi, Kook-Nam Cho-Ruwwe, Arfasse Gamada und Katja Kinder. Moderation: Nicola Lauré al-Samarai

Es hat in Deutschland zu verschiedenen Zeiten verschiedene bewegungspolitische Momente und Anfänge gegeben. Oft sind diese Beginnings mit einzelnen Personen verknüpft; oft hängen individuelle und kollektive Bewusstwerdungsprozesse eng miteinander zusammen, beeinflussen und verstärken sich gegenseitig. Frauen* spielen in solchen Zusammenhängen häufig eine besondere Rolle, da sie politische Entwicklungen angestoßen und wichtige inhaltliche Setzungen vorgenommen haben. An welchen Ausgangspunkten mussten sich einzelne Personen und/oder Communities zusammenfinden, um Widerstand zu leisten und für ihre Rechte einzutreten? Auf welche politischen Bewegungsgeschichte*n wurde und wird dabei Bezug genommen? Wie konnten und können bewegungspolitische Erfahrungen weiter gegeben werden?

Diese und andere Fragen werden wir gemeinsam mit unseren Gästen in der ersten Diskussionsveranstaltung im Rahmen des Projektes »Passing it On« diskutieren.

Anita Awosusi ist seit 30 Jahren in der Bürger*innenrechtsbewegung mit dem Schwerpunkt auf erinnerungspolitische Arbeit aktiv und war u.a. als Leiterin des Bildungsreferats und Vorstandsmitglied im Dokumentationszentrum deutscher Sinti und Roma in Heidelberg tätig.

Arfasse Gamada ist Mitbegründerin des Bremer Frauenprojekts »decolores« ist Diversity Trainerin mit den Schwerpunkten Rassismus/Anti-Rassismus & Empowerment und war Teil der Oromo-Frauenbewegung.

Kook-Nam Cho-Ruwwe ist Gründungsmitglied der koreanischen Frauengruppe in Deutschland und Vorstandsvorsitzende im Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen  (DaMigra e.V.).

Katja Kinder ist Mitbegründerin von Generation Adefra. Sie ist Erziehungswissenschaftlerin, diversitätsorientierte & diskriminierungskritische Beraterin und bei der RAA Berlin tätig.

What’s Up With Class?!

Not: ​Race vs. ​Class
But rather: ​Race and ​Class!

Wednesday 15th of May 2019
9.30am – 6pm

Location: Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße, Urbanstraße 21, 10961 Berlin.
How to get there: www.nachbarschaftshaus.de/kontakt/anfahrt/

We want to reclaim the conversation about class because any conversation about class is incomplete unless we also talk about race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national and migration status. The aim of this all-day event it to open up a space for exchange in order to approach class/classism from an intersectional perspective. In various inputs, workshops and discussion rounds, a number of topics will be broached, topics that deal with the intertwining of race and class as well as further categories of discrimination and oppression.

The thematic focal points will be:
★ The link between colonialism, racism and capitalism
★ Care work
★ Reproductive justice
★ Public space

All topics deal in particular with questions of participation, exclusion and inclusion as well as barriers to access in the context  of race and class. Our aim is explicitly to take ordinary conversations about classism and include categories like race and migration. Our aim is to  illustrate how race and class are interwoven as social categories in a wide variety of areas – on an institutional, structural as well as everyday level.

This event is a cooperation between xart splitta, the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ) and the Bildungswerk of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and will be held together with the Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse (NHU). It is part of the Shared Spaces project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.


9:30 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:10  Welcome Address from xartsplitta and Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ)

10:10 – 11:10  Stories About Class  with
★ Emine Aslan
★ Sandra Selimović (Actress, Director and Singer)
★ Tuğba Tanyılmaz & Ed Greve (i-Päd and Migrationsrat Berlin)

11:15 – 12:00  Input on the History of Class, Migration, (Post)Colonialism and Racism with Sinthujan Varatharajah

12:00 -13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 14:30  Care-Work
★ Input by Collectif 360° and Discussion
★ Parallel Workshop carried out by Tuğba Tanyılmaz & Ed Greve

14:35 – 16:05  Reproductive Justice

★ Input by Dinah de Roquet-Bons (Transgender Europe, Int. Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe & Global Network of Sex Work Projects) and Discussion
★ Parallel Workshop carried out by Aylin Turgay (Alice-Salomon-Hochschule)

16:10 – 17:40  Public Space
★ Input by Céline Barry (Each One Teach One and the campaign “Ban Racial Profiling”) and  Discussion
★ Parallel Workshop carried out by Saboura Naqshband (Berlin Muslim Feminists) & Amina Aziz  (Podcast Host of “Mit freundlichen Grüßen”)

17:40 – 18:00  End

19:00  Film Screening of “Remue-Ménage Dans La Sous-Traitance” (Big Sweep-up in  Subcontracting)

About the film:
March 2002, Paris. Cleaners doing subcontracted work in Accor hotels go on strike. Most of the strikers are women with West African origins and are fighting for their rights for the first time in their life. Shot over a 4 year period, the film outlines different struggles where with few resources but a will, collectively organized individuals disrupt the law of submissiveness prevailing in the world of  work, particularly in subcontracted work.   

**Within the framework of this event, there is a possibility that photos, sound and video recordings will be made for publishing  by the organisers.**

Participation free of charge.
Registration is required! Please register under the following link

Programme flyer here



Dinner and Talk with Reni Eddo-Lodge

+++ This event is now fully booked +++

On March 27th Reni Eddo-Lodge will present her book “Why I am No Longer Talking to White People About Race” at Kulturkaufhaus Dussman. Following this book presentation we invite all Black People, Indigenous People and/or People of Colour to join us at xart splitta for an informal dinner and talk with the author starting at 21.30h. We would like to continue talking to Reni Eddo-Lodge about her book in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a delicious meal.

The event will take place in English spoken language.

About “Why I am No Longer Talking to White People About Race” and Reni Eddo-Lodge:

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration at how the discussions about race and racism in Britain were conducted by those who were not affected. She published an article in her blog entitled “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”. Her words struck a nerve. The post went viral and comments flowed in desperately from others to talk about their own experiences. Motivated by this, Reni Eddo-Lodge dug into eradicated Black history to political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism and inextricable link between class and race. Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

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