DISSOLVING TERRITORIES | cultural geographies of a new eelam III.I

Part III

**All events will take place online**

We are pleased to be able to continue our series »Dissolving Territories | cultural geographies of a new eelam« this year, with a third season after a one-year break due to Corona.

»DISSOLVING TERRITORIES« deals with issues of exile, displacement and statelessness from a specifically Eelam-Tamil perspective. This series seeks to bring these realities and lived experiences into focus; lifeworlds that have consistently  been ignored, placed out of context and silenced both inside and outside of Germany. With this series we want to take a look at the everyday cultures of memory and resistance of Eelam-Tamils and attempt to discuss territorial and cultural geographic issues as well as deconstruct local myths around the issues of flight and resistance in Germany.

The third season of »Dissolving Territories« is dedicated to the aspect of solidarity between different oppressed and stateless peoples: we will bring together Eelam-Tamil and Kurdish perspectives and explicitly look for intersections in relation to experiences in (German) exile. Topics we willbe  addressing include:

  • 7+ Digital Landscapes
  • 8+ Fabrics and clothing
  • 9+ Births in exile

The series »Dissolving Territories« was jointly initiated and conceptualised by Iris Rajanayagam (xart splitta) and Sinthujan Varatharajah. For the third season, we are pleased to have Elif Küçük with us, who will be contributing to the series on both a conceptual as well as artistic level.

7+ Digital Landscapes

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 7pm

Guest Speaker: Duygu Örs

**This event will take place online**

What role does the internet play in the context of statelessness and exile? How is social media used by stateless and exiled people? What potential does the internet hold for people who live physically separated from each other? What is the relationship between digital spaces and physical realities? And where are the potential limits of digitalisation?

In the first event of the third season of the series »Dissolving Territories«, we look at digital territories and developments in the context of statelessness and exile. In this context, we will speak with Duygu Örs. The event will be introduced with an opening talk by Sinthujan Varatharajah. This will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Sinthujan Varatharajah and Duygu Örs
  • Moderation: Iris Rajanayagam (xart splitta)

To receive an access link for the event, please register via the Bildungswerk Berlin of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Sinthujan Varatharajah is a political geographer, essayist and researcher based in Berlin. Varatharajah’s work focuses on geographies of power, displacement and statelessness. In 2020, Varatharajah was part of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with the exhibition “how to* move an ark”. In spring 2022, Varatharajah’s first book will be published by Hanserblau.

Elif Küçük is a visual artist and art director from Berlin. She works with the means of photography and videography, digital illustration and animation. Her work focuses on visual explorations of tenderness, solidarity and resistance. Since October 2020, she has been working as an editorial designer at in the ze.tt department of ZEIT ONLINE.

The event will be held in German spoken language.

The event takes place in cooperation with the Bildungswerk Berlin of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and within the framework of the LADS-funded project #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken.

Realised with funds from the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.