Addressing the Role of Shame In Community Accountability

Sunday, September 9th 2018, 2-5pm

Workshop by Zoya und Farzada as part of the launch of the „What Really Makes us Safe?“ toolkit.

Pls. note there has been a change in location. The new location is:

RomaniPhen Archive, Karl-Kunger Strasse 17, 12435 in Berlin-Alt-Treptow.

You will find a joint statement by xart splitta and the facilitators regarding the change of location at the end of this page.

What is shame? How does it impact our relationships to ourselves and to those around us? In what ways do we invest in being “good people” and how does this investment keep us from being accountable when we slip up? Join us in digging deep and connecting to some of the sources of shame within us. By doing this collectively, we hope– in addition to taking away some of the power of this internal force– to raise awareness of our internal processes and build understanding around some ways in which people may react to being “called out”.

Language: Spoken English

A registration is required for this workshop. If you are interested in participating pls. send an email to:

Care / Accountability / Conflict / Awareness (CACA) came together in the aftermath of CutieBPoC Fest 2017. We wanted to (1) address and do something about the oppressive structural dynamics that we were reproducing in this radical, exclusive space, (2) train more people with the tools to deal with conflict resolution, de-escalation and care, because 10 people coming together spontaneously without any prior training could not do an adequate job of maintaining a safer space for 200 participants over several days, and (3) to cultivate a stronger sense of accountability and awareness toward on another within a broader community. We will be holding our first conference in April 2018 and hope to continue to learn with others who are interested in creating accessible grassroots spaces for marginalized communities.

Farzada and Zoya are good friends based in Berlin who first met through dance. They have the pleasure of organizing together (and with other lovely people) for a handful of different grassroots projects and spaces and are usually glad for one more reason to work together.

Statement regarding change of location:

The workshop “Addressing the Role of Shame in Community Accountability” is organised by the Transformative Justice Collective and the association xart splitta. Currently xart splitta still shares their office space with the publishing house w_orten und meer, where in 2016 and 2017 racist incidents occured. These incidents have until today not been resolved in an adequate way for those harmed. Due to the lack of commensurable accountability in this context, the facilitators of the workshop decided that a different space would be more appropriate for holding a workshop on community accountability. xart splitta can fully understand this decision, which is why the workshop will now be held at the RomaniPhen Archive. We hope the workshop will open up a space for dealing with community accountability in all it’s facettes.

Intersectional Transformative Justice

“What Really Makes us Safe?” A Toolkit on Intersectional Transformative Justice beyond Prison and Police: Reading & Discussion

Thursday September 6th, 7pm

Melanie Brazzell & Nadija Samour (editor and co-author) woul like to celebrate the publication of  “What Really Makes us Safe?” toolkit. The toolkit challenges and questions the security promised by the state in cases of sexualised violence and violence within relationships and partnerships, and examines how institutions and techniques such as the police, prison and national borders (re)produce violence instead of ending it.

Melanie and Nadija will present the toolkit and contributions of various Berlin based organisations and activists (including LesMigraS, Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt – KOP, Hydra e.V.), examining how supposedly well-meant approaches to combating sexualised violence can go wrong and be instrumentalised in a racist structure. The toolkit points out that we need to understand interpersonal violence in combination with state violence in order to deal with and fight it appropriately. To achieve this, the toolkit proposes an approach of intersectional, transformative justice: It consists of various experiments in community-based handling of interpersonal violence – above all sexualised violence and violence within partnerships – beyond the state, what it offers and its punitive logic.

Everyone is invited to share their creative, sci-fi visions of genuine understandings of security in order to design a future without violence and repression. There will be a small art performance before and during the reading.

Share your ideas with us, what makes us #ReallySafe!

Languages: German spoken language with English whisper translation.

Child care: Child care can be provided if necessary. If you will be needing child care pls. send an email to with information regarding number and age of the children.

There will be a workshop accompanying this event on Sunday, September 9th with Zoya and Farzada. Pls. find further information here.

Melanie Brazzell initiated and designed the “What really makes us safe?” research project, which includes interviews with activists and an accompanying website, as well as workshops, university seminars, public events, an exhibition and a toolkit. Inspired by the visionary work of the community accountability and transformative justice movement, she has done community-based anti-violence organizing for over 15 years and co-founded the Transformative Justice Kollektiv in Berlin. Currently, she is exploring participatory action research as a movement building tool as a graduate student in sociology at the university of California, Santa Barbara.

Nadija Samour plots against prisons, sometimes alone at her desk for her dissertation on “incarceration in settler-colonialist contexts”, sometimes as a criminal defense lawyer for prisoners, and sometimes together with comrades, in order to create a world that no longer needs cages. Along the way, she let’s herself be inspired by anticapitalist and anticolonial struggles. She is convinced of at least one thing: no one is free until everyone is free.

Akam Puram : Inner and Outer Wars of Tamil Women*

Thursday 24th May, 7pm

A Talking Dance Duet by Dr. Priya Srinivasan in collaboration with
Carnatic vocalist Uthra Vijay, Visual Design and photography by Arun Munoz. This performance features the poetry of Tamil women and heroines through time such as Avvayar from 3rd Century BCE to Kannagi, Andal, and a more recent female Tamil war colonel from Sri Lanka. Their texts and perspectives are placed in conversation with Srinivasan’s contemporary perspectives on the war on women and women’s bodies. At the same time the performance explores queer desire in this context. How can we reimagine alternate feminist aesthetics from the perspective of Tamil women’s engagement with war, violence, injustice, desire, and choice?

Roundtable/discussion with Iris Rajanayagam and Dr. Sandra Chatterjee


About Uthra Vijay Dr. Priya Srinivasan and Dr. Sandra Chatterjee

Uthra Vijay is the Artistic Director of Keerthana School of Music in Melbourne . She is an accomplished classical Indian Music Vocalist, composer and educator, winning several awards and performing in a range of venues in India, Australia and Europe. She has been collaborating
with Dr. Priya Srinivasan in unique experimentations between music dance. Her primary goal is to work both for the South Asian communities of Melbourne and for wider communities to open minds and hearts through music.

Dr. Priya Srinivasan is a dancer, scholar and choreographer originally from Melbourne who combines theory and practice. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has created the form of “talking dances” based on her award winning book “Sweating Saris Indian Dance as Transnational Labor.” Her work brings together live bodily performance with visual art, music, interactive multimedia and digital technology to think about archives of the body, migration, and
female labor working with many collaborators -foremost among them is Carnatic singer Uthra Vijay. Her work has been presented in diverse settings in many theatre houses, galleries, universities, museums,
parks, historic buildings, and in public spaces around the globe. Her goal is to use art to create connections and bring down walls between diverse peoples.

Dr. Sandra Chatterjee is founding-member of the Post Natyam Collective, teaches, researches, performs and organizes projects at the intersection of theory and artistic practice, focusing on gender, postcolonial and migration studies. Her current research critically interrogates “contemporary” dance (in Europe) in the context of articulating culturally marked aesthetic difference/multeity.

Photography credit: Arun Munoz

My Fluid Body (On An Uneven Political Ground)

A performance by ADI LIRAZ

Friday, June 8th, 6pm

Our bodies carry our personal and political histories. These
histories re-inscribe our internal and external world. Our actions in any social space are to a certain extent guided and shaped by theses scripts; Sometimes, to such extent that we reproduce our ancestral past without any conscious awareness.

This work researches through collecting, archiving, re-creating textiles and performing the story of Liraz´s grandmother, her mother, her grandmother and her great grandmother and through that shapes a Jewish identity which is independent from the colonial idea and previous to the Shoah, and rooted in the rich past of the Jewish community in Ioannina, Greece.

Through a four-chapter performance, Liraz re-creates a process of embodying history/ies and being alive as shaped and shifted by the colonial gaze of German and Israeli nationalisms. She explores the inscribed past of previous generations of her family in her own body of existence, marking the connection between the personal and the collective. By creating an organic space made out of those experiences, Liraz produces new channels to share those collectively. The interactive performance aims to create a temporarily set counter-public and a sense of solidarity.

The event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Mai Zeidani Yufanyi .

Adi Liraz is an interdisciplinary artist. In her work, she often bridges private and public experiences, discourses and spaces. She reflects on her personal and collective identity, particularly on her role in society as a migrant, woman and mother. The aim of Liraz´s work is to generate communication and critical exposure of hegemonic perceptions.

Liraz received a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2001) and an MA from the Art Academy Berlin Weißensee (“Art in Public Context, Spatial Strategies”, 2014).  Between 2015 and 2016 Liraz was a member of and a coordinator for actions and eventat the Salaam Schalom Initiative, she is a founding member of NOMEN Collective and part of the duo ExDress. Liraz has exhibited, curated and performed, among others, at District Berlin (2013), Hysteria collective at Soma gallery, Berlin (2015), COVEN Berlin(2015), Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem (2015), 48 Hours Neukölln Art Festival (2015), Month of Performance Art Berlin (2013, 2015), Alphanova & Galerie Futura, Berlin (2016), the art vending machine at the Jewish Museum Berlin(2017) and at SAVVY Contemporary (2017).

Mai Zeidani Yufanyi is a social scientist and activist. Her work explores postcolonial migration societies in Europe and the processes of identity-making in Palestine and Israel. She is a project officer with Insaan e.V., the co-host of’s radio show, Talking Feminisms and an activist with the Caravan of Migrants and Refugees.


Too Haram/Too Halal – Discussion Round on Queer Islam

Thursday, April 19th, 6pm

Discussion on Queer Islam with Saad Malik and Zuher Jazmati

Together with “Nicht ohne meinen Glauben” (Not without my faith) from the association Inssan e.V. we are hosting a discussion round on the topic Queer Islam/ Queer Muslim realities.

The event is addressed to people who identify as queer LGBT*IQ and are muslims or their allies.
The discussions will take place in German and English.

Saad Malik is a cultural anthropologist and urban geographer. He has worked in areas such as development cooperation and public health. He now focuses on a postcolonial perspective on his home country Germany. After working in local integration work for people with current flight experiences in Berlin, he now focuses on intersectional and decolonizing awareness and empowerment work.

Zuher Jazmati was born in 1989 and raised in Riyadh and Berlin. He recently completed his studies in Oriental Studies with a focus on Political Science in Marburg, Cairo, and International History at the LSE in London.

An event by “Nicht ohne meinen Glauben” in cooperation with xart splitta.