Program

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Friday 15/09/2017

Dan Khanh Duyen Tran – Presentation: „Intersectionality – focussing on chronic illness & dis_ability“

Presentation in English, translation into German possible

Intersectionality, a term coined by black feminist, Kimberle Crenshaw, focusses on the intersection between gender and race. Crenshaw readjusts the discourse on racism and sexism by focussing on the intersection in between. Her analysis is mostly concerned with the lived realities of black women. Besides race and gender there are several categories, which can be added to gain further understanding of how discrimination works. Categories such as class, sexuality and which will be the main topic of the lecture: chronic illness & disability. How do realities of racialized people look like when we pay closer attention to chronic illness and disability? How are the different forms of discrimination intertwined? The lecture is based on a personal experience & knowledge and seeks to facilitate an understanding of the political & social dimension of chronic illness and disability.

About Dan Khanh Duyen Tran:
24, studies cultural anthropology in Mainz, involved in projects like SchLAu Mainz, former member of the „all-women’s“-department at the University of Mainz, member of the PoC university group Mainz, writes and performs Spoken Word, speaks from different perspectives: asian diasporic, vietnamese-german, chronically ill/dis_abled, non-binary/gernderfluid, bisexual.

http://vertigoxoxo.tumblr.com

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Thunfisch – Workshop: „Surviving in prison- and more? A workshop for everyone“

Workshop in German, translation into English possible

In 2016, alone in Germany, 50.858 people were imprisoned- and this is without counting the several thousands of prisoners in custody.(https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/GesellschaftStaat/Rechtspflege/Tabellen/Strafgefangene.html#Fussnote1).

Well enough that we stop thinking „but not me / you!“. Prison can affect everyone, especially people who are politically active and / or have little money and / or are affected negatively by discrimination (especially racism and classicism, but not exclusively).

Nevertheless the topic „jail“ is tabooed and often intertwined with fears and/or shame. People often remain silent when it’s about the concrete everyday life and emotions being in prison, and people end up completely unprepared in jail. Thinking in advance about everyday life in prison can be essential and possibly help us to create an interesting, creative, productive and/or rebellious time in jail.
This workshop will be very critical, both against prisons and aswell against the societies, which believe they need them- previous knowledge or a prison-critical attitude are not necessary at all. On the contrary it is very important for me that different people come together to share their (un-)experiences, wishes, questions, fears, ideas- there will also be a facilitation present.

My brief experiences and opinions wouldn’t be sufficient for the workshop, especially because the discriminations people are affected by in this society are particularly grave in prison- for example concerning surviving prison as a trans or inter person, who is being confronted with prisons for ‚women‘ or ‚men‘ or people who are dis_abled by society and find even more barriers in prison.

There are also many more life experiences, which can influence surviving jail.

If you like, take part! I’m looking forward to meet you!

About Thunfisch:
I was imprisoned in November 2016 and spent around 3 months in custody in a prison for ‚women‘. You can find more information about that on the website of the solidarity group: freethunfisch.blackblogs.org Since then it’s important for me to share that experience and what I learned there with other people. It’s important for me to say, that I am white, ablebodied and cis and I have an academic background which where there even greater privileges than elsewhere in society. In prison I was perceived as a ‚political‘ prisoner.

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Debora Antmann / Debs – Presentation: „Looking beyond fault and fetish: Jewish (Queer_)Feminism is a thing!“

Presentation in German, translation into English possible

If you were expecting a lecture on anti-Semitism I will have to disappoint you. Do you want to find out what Jewish (Queer_)Feminism is? Then: THAT’S YOUR PLACE TO BE!!!

We will discuss a million different questions: Why do we need Jewish perspectives in our debates on intersectionality? Why are or would Jewish perspectives be an asset for our non-Jewish queer politics? Why is “Jewish” not the same as “religious”? Why is it a form of resistance to be a religious Jew? What does wc-germans mean?  What was the “Schabbeskreis”? What is the history of Jewish-queer resistance in Germany? And what does all of this have to do with queer_feminism? Surely, it is quite a lot at once. But we will see how far we will get. To all Jews: I am looking forward to meeting you. Take all your thoughts and questions along!

A note to all of you with other religious backgrounds: be considerate of others with your questions and comments.

About Debora Antmann / Debs:
a fat, lesbian, Jewish queer_feminist or queer_feminist Jew (?), author and body artist. On her blog »Don’t degrade Debs, Darling!« she writes about politics on identity issues, especially concerning Jewish identity, intersectional feminism, heteronormativity / heterosexism and body norms. In addition to her blog, she dedicates her writing to an online-column for Missy Magazine, publications on the history of lesbian-Jewish resistance in Germany, and in private she philosophizes about Magneto (XMen) as a Jewish figure of resistance and collects high-heels for her life as a superhero_ine.

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Frede – Workshop: „Classism“

Cellos, Trash and Hardcore bands – what do these have to do with class(es)? These terms and what they (can) stand for, belong to classistic constructions of the queer_feminist scene(s) that I have got to know in the last few years. Bloggers have tried for many years to disclose classism in the queer_feminist online scene(s) and have published different texts and drawings. In this workshop I would like to talk to you about classism in queer_feminist scene(s), without getting into theoretical debates. I want us to draw pictures in connection with classism and find out how classistic experiences can be shown in different drawings.

The workshop will be open for affected people and supportive non-affected people. It should be a safe space for people who are affected by classism.

The workshop welcomes women*, lesbians*, trans*, genderqueers, genderfluids and no genders!

Drawing expertise is not at all necessary, only your motivation and interest are needed!

Frede is white, has a migration background, grew up in a poor, working class family, define as a (gender)queer and neither * nor trans*, wearing leopard socks with pleasure.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. For registration contact the following mail-address: (mail-address coming soon)

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Christian Schmacht: “Meat with white sauce” – Book presentation & talk to trans / sexworker economy critics

Presentation in German, translation into English possible

Christian Schmacht will present his book “Fleisch mit weißer Soße” (English title: “Meat with white sauce”) that will be published in autumn 2017 by Edition Assemblage. He will read outtakes from his book and discuss different aspects of feminist economy critics that are mentioned rather poetically in his work.


Saturday 16/09/2017

Malaika Bunzenthal – Presentation: „A critical introduction to psychiatric hospitalization“

Content Warning: My presentation will focus on psychiatric hospitals, mental illness, ableism and violence in psychiatric settings

I will start this presentation by giving an overview of different forms of psychiatric hospitals and other forms of inpatient treatment of mentally ill people. I will talk about how inpatient treatment, but also coercive measures might look like.
In the second part of my presentation I will examine the system of psychiatric hospitalization from a critical lense. I will talk about the denial of agency of patients, shortcomings of the system, mistreatment and violence against patients of psychiatric hospitals.

About Malaika Bunzenthal:
„I’m an activist, writer and speaker. I’m also a university-major of sociology and a former major of psychology.
My main topics include intersectional feminism, rape culture, sexual violence, antiracism, mental illnesses and ableism.
I’m part of various antiracist and feminist organisations, including for example #Schauhin.
I’m the founder of the hashtag #NotJustSad that deals with depression.
You can find my blog at https://Malifuror.blog-space.eu/

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Frede & Albert – Workshop: „degendering the queer bed“

Workshop in German, translation into English possible

Dildos, strap-ons, butt plugs – sextoys can be used to experiment in sexual encounters and to detach genitalia from their normative assignments. But do sextoys belong to norms for queer sex and are there any norms for queer sex? And how can we be empowered? Who has got access to sextoys and can bodies make genderqueer sex even queerer? And what does good sex mean for us if it is not about reaching an orgasm?

In our workshop we want to talk about sex, norms and possibilities to make genderqueer sex even queerer. We want to find out the relevance of normative conceptions of sex in genderqueer sexual encounters, disclose (cis-)(hetero)normative behavior and discuss ways to dismantle it. Together we want to renounce genital simplifications and try to find possibilities to see genitalia in a different way.

For more queerness in our beds!

This workshop is open for trans*, genderqueers, genderfluids, no genders and supportive cis-people**!

About us:
We are both white, one of us is a migrant and one has a migrant background, we define ourselves as (gender)queer, one of us as a non-binary, trans* and transfemme and the other as neither * nor trans*.

We will create an open space for people to talk about different topics, so if you have any wishes, questions or subjects than please let us know and we will try to integrate them if we can.
(forqueernessinbed@gmail.com)

** We want to establish a safe space for non-cis people. We will include cis-people if their sexual intercourse can be genderqueer because they have (had) sexual encounters with out-of-norm non-cis-people.

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Nui – Lecture and discussion: „Diverse perspectives of Jewish life outside the Shoah and Israeli state politics”

Lecture in German and English, translation into English and German possible

Lecture with ensuing discussion on the stories and realities of being Jewish.
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mpetus to think differently about Jewish people and their present and history. It is about learning other perspectives of Jewish history, culture and life outside Shoah and Israeli state politics. The main emphasis will be on the topics: Trans in Thora/Talmud, jewish state critique and feminist jewish ideas.

A great potpourri!

The workshop has an antizionist Jewish perspective and will not be the space for non-Jewish “Anti-Deutsche” to set their thematic accents. It also won’t be a space for non-jewish people to use Jewish state critics for anti-Israeli resentments to justify and propagate their anti-semitic ideology. It is about Jewish and thus oppressed perspectives. It remains complicated.

About Nui:
The lecturer is female sozialized, trans*, white, influenced by anarchist ideas, ashkenazi jewish, living in the diaspora, well educated. I speak German/English and French and I could imagine being part of a mixed language discussion. The lecture itself has German and English parts.

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SchwarzRund – Workshop: “Fat Black perspectives on the gender localization of Femme”

In her workshop SchwarzRund will present different perspectives on the term Femme in queer contexts, elaborate on other Femme-centered localizations and discuss critical aspects of history and the present negotiations. The workshop should not be seen as a final conclusion but rather as a presentation of different search movements for non-binary identifications that do not exclusively refer to masculine perspectives.

About SchwarzRund:
SchwarzRund is a Black German Dominican who was only three years old when she came to Bremen and has been living in Berlin for the last 10 years. Since 2013 she has been publishing her work in her own blog schwarzrund.de and in several magazines. She dedicates her performance in texts, lectures and events to more-dimensional living realities within or outside of Communities. She got a Bachelor degree in Cultural Sciences and Gender Studies, completing her Master degree in Gender Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2015 she published her short story “QUASI”, followed by her afropolitan Berlin novel “BISKAYA” with her publisher zaglossus in 2016.

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Lahya – Spoken Word Perfomance

Lahya (Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo) is a freelancing artist, author, poet, curator, multiplicator, photographer, activist, teamer for workshops and singer. Is this too much for one person? Surely not!
Lahya’s life consists of lovely and critical molecules that paint a picture of her reality. She lives in letters, forming words with all its t’s crossed and i’s dotted. Some of the most important topics she devotes herself to are decolonization, dreams, traumata, self(love), intersectionality, healing, privileges, identities and warm strawberry ice-cream. As an artist she describes the reality she lives in and the way she sees the world around her in her music, photography, poetry and hugs.
In 2009 Lahya published her autobiography “Kalungas Kind” (in English: “Kalungas child”). A selection of her poems and spoken word texts has been published as well. Since 2014 she takes an active part at the monthly spoken-words-events “One World Poetry Night” as a curator and moderator in Berlin.
Lahya’s program at the moment is called “Natango?” and means “Still?” in the language of the Owambo people. In her understanding the word “Natango” stands for a reminder and a plea. She considers it as a public appeal to not only listen to her poetry on stage but to feel it too.

Her positioning:
Lahya embraces her identity as a person of color, dis_abled by the society, neurodiverse, driven by inexhaustible emotions, queer, phat-is beautiful, a several-times-surviver, academic, artist and activist with German passport. She describes herself as a royal, Eastern, white and female socialized, polyamorous cis_Femme, from a middle class background with sufficient financial means, adequate amount of hair on the head and a big heart.

Lahya sees her own positioning as a basis of her deeds and feelings. She considers this to enable her work and art as a human right activist.


Sunday 17/09/2017

Lana Sirri – Presentation: „What is Islamic and what is feminist about Islamic feminism?“

Presentation in English, translation into German possible

„In this presentation we will challenge some of the main misconceptions regarding Islamic feminism, and present a feminist and sexuality-sensitive reading of Islamic texts.“

In 2017 Lana Sirri published her book “Einführung in islamische Feminismen” (English title: “Introduction into Islamic feminisms”, publisher “w_orten & meer”):
“Islamic feminism is neither a new nor a one-dimensional phenomenon but exactly as diverse as the different living circumstances and realities of all the Muslims around the world. Lana Sirri offers a clear and well-informed contribution to the introduction into theory and practice of Islamic feminisms: What are the ideas, visions and concepts? How are Islamic feminisms defined and by whom? Which are the conflicts and what do all of them agree on?”

About Lana Sirri:
I completed my PhD studies at the Centre for transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin in 2016. Since August 2016 I am assistant professor of Gender and Religion at the Centre for Gender and Diversity at Maastricht University.
I am a member of the Centre of Intersectional Justice, the Black & PoC Academics Network and the Berlin Muslim feminist group.

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Workshop: „Repairing bikes“

This workshop is open to all of you who want to repair their bike or learn the basics how to do it on your own. The required tools will be available and in place for everyone, some spare parts as well, and we will try to fix smaller and bigger problems on your bikes together. Additionally, we can practice how to tackle your next bicycle breakdown and prepare ourselves for future troubles. In the best case you will never have to leave your bike in the garage hoping for better times ever again.

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International Women Space – Reading: „IN OUR OWN WORDS“

Reading in English, translation into German possible

In 2013 we, the activists from International Women Space (IWS), set ourselves the task of documenting the lives and stories of refugee women in Germany. We approached the project in the Latin American tradition of testimonial literature – looking to amplify the voice of the voiceless. Two years on, after many stories being exchanged and many women working collectively on this project, IWS published the book „IN OUR OWN WORDS – Refugee Women in Germany tell their stories“.
In June 2017 the second print was released. The book was conceived as a political action made by migrant and refugee women willing to speak to each other and document the lives of asylum-seeking women in Germany. In the process of distributing the book ourselves we met a diverse group of refugee women, and together we made it clear to a wide audience that no one can better describe the structure of our daily lives and struggles than us. For us to reprint the book means to continue articulating our inherent right to self-determination and actively participate in the current migration debate, which talks so much about us, but rarely with us.

After the presentation there will be place for questions.

About International Women Space
The International Women Space is a feminist political group of migrant and refugee women of colour in Germany. It was formed in 2012 within the occupation of the Gerhart-Hauptmann School in Berlin Kreuzberg. IWS challenges dominant knowledge structures and fights against discriminatory policies and practices, which oppose the emancipation of refugee and migrant women and all women.

https://iwspace.wordpress.com