The year is coming to an end….

2019 was a very intense year for us. Many wonderful things took place (some impressions can be found here) and there were a number of structural changes. Among other things, we now have a great new board and our team has found a marvellous new colleague in Juliana Kolberg.

As many of you already know, unfortunately there was also bad news in 2019. After many years of funding, our funds were terminated as of February 2020. You can find more information here.

But: hope dies last and we still have a glimmer of hope. We will keep you updated.

Until then, we would like to thank everyone who made and still makes xart splitta what it is and are especially thankful for the many encouraging and supportive resonances we received in response to our statement. Without you xart splitta would not be what it is. Because of and with you it will possibly continue…

For now we wish everyone relaxing days and all the best for 2020!

Your xart splitta team and board

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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

 

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop with Nicola Lauré al-Samarai

***This workshop will take place in German***

4. Juli – 26. September 2020

Who we become has so much to do with the experiences we had, and how we survived. (Amy Tan)

Schreiben kann ein Werkzeug sein. Es kann uns und andere empowern. Wir können uns in die Geschichte „einschreiben“ und unterschiedlichste Perspektiven sichtbar machen. Schreiben kann Widerstand und Überleben sein.

Und dennoch kann Schreiben schwerfallen, denn wir befinden uns in Strukturen, in denen das, was wir schreiben, in Frage gestellt, überschrieben oder ignoriert wird. Das Wissen und die Artikulationsfähigkeit von Schwarzen Menschen und People of Colour erfährt kaum Anerkennung und wird selten wertgeschätzt. Häufig stoßen wir gegen Mauern. Das führt zu Blockaden, Frust und Resignation; es verändert unser Schreiben oder zwingt uns vielleicht sogar dazu, auf Distanz zu gehen.

Im Nonfiction-Schreibworkshop möchten wir einen Raum schaffen, um über das Schreiben als Ausdrucksform zu sprechen. Mit welchen Möglichkeiten, aber auch mit welchen Hürden sind wir beim Schreiben konfrontiert? Wie kann der individuelle Prozess des Schreibens zur Selbstermächtigung werden? Ist Schreiben per se “politisch”? In insgesamt sechs Sitzungen werden wir uns gemeinsam und begleitet von Nicola Lauré al-Samarai der Entwicklung und dem Verfassen von eigenen Nonfiction-Texten sowie der Reflexion unserer verschiedenen Schreibprozesse widmen. Der Austausch mit den anderen Kursteilnehmenden ist zentraler Bestandteil des Workshops.

Der Fokus des Angebots liegt auf unterschiedlichen Textformen – z.B. wissenschaftlich, journalistisch, essayistisch. Bitte beachtet jedoch, dass es sich hierbei nicht um einen Creative Writing Workshop handelt!

Informationen zur Teilnahme und Anmeldung

Der Workshop findet an folgenden Terminen, jeweils ab 10h statt:

Samstag, 4.7.

Samstag, 18.7.

Samstag, 15.8.

Samstag, 29.8.

Samstag, 12.9.

Samstag, 19. oder 26.9.(endgültiger Termin wird noch bekannt gegeben)

Eine Anmeldung ist nur möglich, wenn ihr die Teilnahme an allen sechs Sitzungen gewährleisten könnt.

Für die Anmeldung benötigen wir ein kurzes Motivationsschrieben, in denen ihr die folgenden Fragen beantwortet:

  • Warum möchte ich an diesem Workshop teilnehmen?
  • Welche Formen des Schreibens interessieren mich?
  • Mit welchen Themen befasse ich mich aktuell schwerpunktmäßig in meinen Texten?
  • Mit welchen Themen möchte ich mich in meinem Schreiben gerne in Zukunft beschäftigen?

Anmeldungen bitte bis zum 22. Juni 2020 an: contact@xartsplitta.net

Der Workshop findet in deutscher Lautsprache statt.


Nicola Lauré al-Samarai ist Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin. Zu ihren Interessenschwerpunkten gehören Schwarze und Diaspora-Studien, Critical Race Feminism(s), Konzepte von Kreolisierung und Poetiken der Beziehung sowie dekolonisierende Erinnerungs- und Kulturpolitiken im Kontext von Intersektionalität und Erfahrung. Sie arbeitet als Autorin, Lektorin, Vermittlerin und Kuratorin. Sie war u.a. an folgenden Projekten beteiligt: Labor 89: Andere Perspektiven auf die Wendezeit (2019/2020), Grenzgänger*innen: Schwarze und Osmanische Präsenzen in der Metropole Berlin um 1700 (2018/2019), Decolonize ’68 (2018), conzepte. Neue Fassungen politischen Denkens (2010/2011), Homestory Deutschland. Schwarze Biografien in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2005–2012).


Part of the project: #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken

Support us

Dear all,

the work of xart splitta is based on cooperations with and the participation of a large number of individuals, groups, and organizations.

However, this work is based on financial resources as well. As a non-profit organisation we are also dependent on donations. So that we can continue our work as we have been doing so far, we are now making this call.

If you can support us financially (even very small amounts can be of help), please donate to:

xart splitta e.V.
IBAN: DE51 4306 0967 1143 0866 03
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
GLS Bank Bochum

or via PayPal at: contact@xartsplitta.net

We are happy to issue donation receipts. Simply write us a short email to: contact@xartsplitta.net

A big thank you from the xart splitta team!

 

Radical Solidarity

Jewish-Muslim Solidarity – Reflections, Exchange and Decolonial Strategy Development

Friday/Saturday, June 5th/6th and June 12th/13th 2020, 10-6pm

This workshop offers the opportunity to examine and discuss the topic “Jewish-Muslim Relations and Solidarity” from a decidedly intersectional and decolonial perspective in a safer space.

Image credits: www.bj.org

The workshop consists of two weekends. The first part will concentrate on theoretical and global historical questions in this context and will open with an input by Prof. Dr. Iman Attia (Alice Salomon University of Applied Science Berlin).
The second part will be started with an input by May Zeidani Yufanyi (Berlin Muslim Feminists and Inssan e.V.) and will be moderated by Tuğba Tanyilmaz (Initiative Intersektionale Pädagogik/i.Päd). The focus here will lie on the exchange and further development of structures and strategies of solidarity between Jewish and Muslim communities (and beyond). Emphasis will also be put on possible common strategies of counter-hegemonic narrations in this context. The workshop will be followed by a public discussion in autumn 2020, where amongst others the results of the workshop will be presented. More details in this regard will follow soon.

The workshop will take place in German spoken language and both on site and online.

A very limited number of participants will be admitted. For information regarding participation and registration please send an email to: rajanayagam@xartsplitta.net until June 1st 2020.


Iman Attia is Professor of Critical Diversity Studies with a focus on Critical Race Theory at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science Berlin. Since the early 1990s, she has been working on (anti-Muslim) racism from a global historical, post- and decolonial, post-/Nazi, relational and intersectional perspective. She is the author of the externally funded research project “Passport Control! Life without Papers in History and Present” (IFAF) and is currently leading the research project “Threat Scenarios of ‘Islamist Terrorism’ from the Perspective of Muslim Communities” (BMBF) and “Experiences of Racism of Rom*nja and Sinti*zze” (UKAZ).

Tuğba Tanyilmaz is currently the managing director of Migrationsrat Berlin e.V. She defines herself as a Queer, Muslim of Colour. She is the co-founder and project manager of the intersectional education initiative (i-Päd). Her focus is intersectionality, power-critical education, racism-critical education and upbringing, LSBTIQ discrimination, empowerment, crisis intervention and conflict management. As a freelance education consultant and mediator, she offers (edutainment) lectures, workshops, process support, organisational development and courses.

May Zeidani Yufanyi is a social scientist; in her work at Inssan e.V. as project manager of Nicht ohne meinen Glauben (Not Without My Faith – project completion 2019) and currently coordinator of the Network against Discrimination and Islamophobia, she deals with civil society networks against discrimination and with postcolonial migration societies in Europe, asylum and migration policy as well as identity-finding processes in the context of the German migration society. As a Women of Colour and migrant with Muslim and Jewish roots in Palestine and Europe, intersectional approaches play a central role in her work. She is co-host of the radio show “Talking Feminisms” on Reboot.fm and writes poems for her own fitness. She is also an activist of the “Caravan for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees” since 2005 and a member of “The VOICE Refugee Forum” since 2007.

Talking Feminisms #15 Kopftuch & Körperbedeckung (12. 8. 2017):
https://reboot.fm/2017/08/12/talking-feminisms-15-kopftuch-korperbedeckung/

A poem by May Zeidani Yufanyi was published in the book HAYMATLOS in Oktober 2018:
„We Sit on Floors“ www.edition-assemblage.de/buecher/haymatlos/


In cooperation with the Berlin Muslim Feminists und Inssan e.V.

  


Part of the Project: #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken