It’s About Our Booties

Body empowerment for queer, fat, Black people/ Indigenous people/ People of Color, with disability/ies

August 2020 – October 2020

Here, it is all about your body!

In eight different workshops we will be offering eight different programmes for intersectional body empowerment. Together with the other participants you will be able to exchange experiences and develope strategies to relate to your physical self in a positive way.

Often, bodies that deviate from the cis-binary gender norm are subject to different kinds of discrimination and have hardly any access to body-related empowerment offers that consider them, let alone, center their perspectives and needs. Therefore, these workshops are all aimed at queer people, especially with regard to a non-cis-binary gender identification.

However norms and mechanisms of exclusion also exist within queer communities, since they too are mostly dominated by white, abled-body and slim beauty norms and thus have a certain (body) aesthetic. It’s About Our Booties creates spaces in which discrimination is considered from an intersectional perspective.

All workshops are free of charge. Nonetheless, if you would like to support our work we would be happy about every donation. Pls. find further information here.


What is there to consider?

Finding your workshop: This is about safer spaces! Please respect the space and carefully consider which workshop could be meant for you and which not. For example: Black people, indigenous people and People of Color can of course attend a workshop in which white people are also welcome. However, if you are not affected by racism, please respect the safer space and register for one of the workshops which are open to everyone.

Furthermore: We know that being fat can also intersect with disability/ies. We want to create space for all processes, identifications and positions, therefore fat and disabled are sometimes separated here. 

If you have any questions/uncertainties – please contact us!

The workshop series is generally aimed at people who (want to) break with a cis-binary gender identity. Trans*, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid are some of the identities to be mentioned. However, the workshop serie is very open. We want to offer space in which gender can be thought, experienced, tried out and created outside the norm.

DGS (German Sign Language) -interpreters are available. Please let us know whether you will be needing translation into German Sign Language in your registration. 

All workshops will be taking place online.

Please register via contact@xartsplitta.net and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you position yourself, which workshop you would like to attend and what kind of support you may still need!

We are looking forward to your participation!


Pls. find the workshops here (the workshops are in chronological order, so do not get confused):

Workshop 1 – We are here to be alive! – With Ginnie Bekoe & Tsepo Bollwinkel – 15th & 16th of August 2020

Workshop 4 – We are here to be alive! – With Ginnie Bekoe & Tsepo Bollwinkel – 22th & 23th of August 2020

Workshop 2 – Do it the Body positiv Way! – With SchwarzRund – 5th & 6th of September 2020

Workshop 7 – Refraim Fat-Reclaim Movement – With Mäks – 12th & 13th of September und 3rd & 4th of October 2020

Workshop 6 – BLACK ENERGY – With Paula Azeviche and Ford Kelly – 19th & 20th of September 2020

Workshop 5 – Do it the Body positiv Way! – With SchwarzRund – 26th & 27th of September 2020

Workshop 3 – Do it the Body positiv Way! – With SchwarzRund – 10th & 11th of October 2020

Workshop 8 – Your Body_Your Sexuality! – With Nino Mar Seliz – 17th & 18th of October 2020


#NotGoingBack #NobodyLeftBehind: Leaping into Marvellous Grounds

Monday, June 29th, 2020 – 6pm

Online talk with Jin Haritaworn.

The current conjuncture of quarantine and protest has highlighted the trappings of a modernist realism whose conservative solutions to social problems go back to a paucity of methods, genres and dreams. The wins that the uprisings against anti-Black police violence have put on the horizon, from the dismantling of the prison industrial complex to the creation of alternatives, have been long seeded and prepared for by social movements that dreamed big, and demanded the impossible. This includes a long line of elders and ancestors, many of whom Black, feminist, queer and abolitionist, that have prepared to take fantastic leaps, in the words of the Combahee River Collective.

This talk follows the fantastical around in order to reckon with the racism that this latest crisis once again reveals, from the Orientalist origin story of the coronavirus to a global quarantine paradigm that is haunted by the carceral institutions of racial capitalism. The dystopic crossroad of the pandemic and the uprisings gives rise to a multiracial and multi-species vision of planetary interdependence, as brought home by the hashtags #NoGoingBack #NobodyLeftBehind employed by a mutual aid movement that is resurging to norm beyond the normal. In the place of a state surveillance and a single-issue environmentalism that each erase those most vulnerable to the virus, the talk ends on an urban environmental justice politic that queerly embraces many methods.

This is the opening talk to our reading circle with Jin Haritaworn and Rena Onat. Pls. find further information here.

Registration for the reading circle is now open. Deadline for registrations is June 30th. The reading circle will take place in spoken German!


This talk will be published as: “#NoGoingBack: Queer Leaps at the Intersection of Protest and Covid-19″ in Journal of Environmental Media 1(2).

Pls. find the recording of the talk here:


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.

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

Facilitated by Rena Onat and Jin Haritaworn

Every Monday, June 29th – 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 29th about their latest work: #NotGoingBack #NobodyLeftBehind: Leaping into Marvellous Grounds. The talk will take place in spoken English is open to the public, and not restricted to the participants of the reading circle. Pls. find further information here.

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

German Sign Language Course 1 with the Team of Lebendige Gebärden I Spring 2020

The course will be in German Sign Language. German info below:

**Dieser Kurs findet online statt!**

Dienstags, 19:30h, 21. April – 30. Juni 2020
und
Mittwochs, 18:00h, 22. April – 01. Juli 2020

Auch in diesem Jahr, freuen wir uns einen DGS I Kurs mit Diana Spieß und dem Team von “Lebendige Gebärden” anbieten zu können. Jeder Kurs umfasst 10 Termine vom 21. April – 01. Juli 2020 (außer 23. Juni und 24. Juni) und findet jede Woche Dienstags von 19:30 – 21:00h und Mittwochs von 18:00 – 19:30h online statt. In dieser ersten Kursstufe lernen die Teilnehmenden grundlegende Kenntnisse zur Deutschen Gebärdensprache wie das Fingeralphabet, Vokabeln, Fragewörter, Zahlen und einfache Sätze. Außerdem werden die Teilnehmenden in drei wichtigen Grundtechniken der Deutschen Gebärdensprache eingeführt: die visuelle Wahrnehmung, die Mimik und die nonverbale sowie gestische Kommunikation.

Bei Interesse, Anmeldung und Fragen zu Teilnahmebedingungen, schreibt bitte bis zum 19. April 2020 eine Email an: contact@xartsplitta.net.


Zu Diana Spieß:

“Bist DU taub? ICH bin es! GEBÄRDENSPRACHE IST SPANNEND, VIELFÄLTIG UND WOW!”

Diana Spieß wuchs in einer tauben und gebärdensprachnutzenden Familie als taub Geborene auf. Sie ist auf dem Gebiet der Gebärdensprache Muttersprachlerin. Von frühster Kindheit an bestand ihr Interesse an einem Austausch mit der hörenden Welt. Nach einer Ausbildung und der beruflichen Tätigkeit als Sozialpädagogische Assistentin, qualifizierte sie sich erfolgreich zur Gebärdensprachdozentin. Seit dem ist sie neben vielen anderen Sozialen- und Schulprojekten im Bereich der Gebärdensprachvermittlung sehr aktiv.

Homepage: www.lebendige-gebaerden.de

#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