Program (engl.)

Sa, 14.7., 1 p.m.

Anastasia Blinzov und Frederieke Westerheide, Autor*innenkollektiv Gras & Beton: „Dangerous Places“

Stigmatised areas are gaining more and more attention in the fields of city planning, but also within police strategies. Notions of police control, global capital and gentrification unfold in these areas of high crime and supposedly dangerous places: discourses around these dangerous areas both lure tourists into expecting an authentic metropolitan experience, and play into the hands of processes of gentrification and displacement.

Through exemplary analyses of two such areas in Berlin-Kreuzberg – Kottbusser Tor and Görlitzer Park – a collective of critical urban scholars carried out a review of the prevalent discourses around these stigmatised places. In a sociospatial analysis of police control and instruments of soft policing and social engineering the collective poses the question, whose right to the city it is, that is manifested in the discourses and the physical space.


Sa, 14.7., 1 p.m.

„The long arm of repression – from Barcelona to Aachen“
Since 2013, there was a series of operations against the anarchist movement, proceeding from the Spanish state. It all started with the arrest and subsequent condemnation of two anarchists from Chile. This was called Operation Columna. From that moment, three more operations took place – Pandora, Piñata, Pandora II- until the arrest of two other comrades in Barcelona on 13 April 2016, who were accused to have expropriated a bank in Aachen. Dozens of apartments, occupied Houses, gathering places and anarchist centers were searched during this time and nearly 50 people got arrested. The charge was membership in a criminal organization with terrorist aim. The public prosecutor’s office thus celebrated a blow against the Danger of „anarchist terrorism“. This will be an event concerning different cases; among other things, the isolation custody (called F.I.E.S.)in Spain will be described as well as the history of Anti-terrorism law.


Sa, 14.7., 3 p.m.

Lann Hornscheidt: „To love. Love as political action“
The workshop gives suggestions for understanding love as a political action. To love is a concrete political, lifelong project. It is also the vision of a changed social coexistence. To love releases from structural cycles of violence that are the framework of capitalism. Love releases violence step by step. What does it mean to love? In what way is Loving political? What does it actually mean to act self-loving, to perceive own privileges and discrimination and to connect oneself with the world in an affectionate and respectful way? To understand loving as political action means to stop loving capitalism. Stop loving capitalism allows to politicize loving again. The workshop offers some of the writing and discussion exercises from the book just published to this topic.


Sa, 14.7., 3 p.m.

Peter Haumer: „History of F.R.S.I. The Federation of Revolutionary Socialists „Internationale“ and the Austrian Revolution 1918/19. „

At the end of 1918, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy collapsed as a result of the First World War. On the day of the proclamation of the Republic, thousands of workers demonstrated for a socialist republic. They also had concrete ideas on how to do this: self-organization in the form of the council movement. With these ideas, the members of the Federation of Revolutionary Socialists „Internationale“ (F.R.S.I.) tried to intervene effectively in „the course of world affairs“ and to make the social revolution in Austria a reality.

Rather misunderstood as the historical predecessor of the KPDÖ, it was based on the example of revolutionary leaders in the German revolution. Its short story gives surprising insights into the revolutionary process of the young 1st Republic, and 100 years later its ideas of social equality, self-organization and pluralism still have a great appeal. The Federation, which has „fallen out of history“, is being snatched from oblivion by this book.


Sa, 14.7., 4 p.m. (as needed 6 p.m. again)

Ricaletto, Sven Wegner: „Through the wild Kurdistan “ – Exhibition & Talk

Through the wild Kurdistan is a novel by Karl May, which the work of Ricaletto and Sven Wegner is referring to ironicaly.

While Karl May has never been to Kurdistan, Sven and Ricaletto undertook a journey to Southkurdistan/Northirak in the beginning of 2017 as part of a small delegation to meet people from different political backgrounds, get to know projects and understand local structures. Amongst others, the focal point was „Camp Maxmûr“, a refugee camp that is beeing „radical-democratically“ self-organized by it’s residents. Their journey also lead to the Kandilmountains, refuge for the in Germany still forbidden kurdish labor party P.K.K., but also to Kirkuk, where at this time you could find the front line to Daesh (I.S./I.S.I.S.).

This is how a travel report in the form of a Graphic Novel, as well as several Interviews and drawings, developed. Parts of these will be seen in an installation.


Sa, 14.7., 5 p.m.

Fiona Schmidt: Public prosecutor’s handling of right and racist violence on the example of the NSU complex and the Oktoberfestattentat

In view of the approaching verdict in the NSU-trial, there are more questions than answers to the NSU-complex. The network of the NSU, the role and knowledge of state authorities and the impact of the crimes and the racist investigations for the victims and relatives of the murdered were hardly encountered. This is largely the responsibility of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. As the highest law enforcement agency, it has a very important role in the NSU-trial. Firstly it represents the Federal Republic of Germany as a victim of the NSU and secondly it wrote the indictment and led the investigations. The authors, Isabella Greif and Fiona Schmidt, discuss with the examples of the investigations on the NSU-complex and the Oktoberfest terror attack, which structural deficits characterize the Federal Prosecutor’s handling of right-wing and racist violence and which continuities result from this.


Sa, 14.7., 5 p.m.

Sina Holst und Johanna Montanari: „Paths to No“ – Reading & Discussion
The volume of essays „Paths to No“ regards the reform of the law governing sexual offences in 2016 in the social context of sexual violence, sexual self-determination and emancipation. Law governing sexual offences, #NoMeansNo, racist instrumentalization, racism in Germany, rape culture, personal experiences, feminist history_s and consensus are not discussed as individual topics, but in their dependence on each other. The central question is how to create spaces of social interaction in which No is not only possible but valued.

The editors Sina Holst and Johanna Montanari present the book and read from several texts.


Sa, 14.7., 7 p.m.
Achim Szepanski: „What was going on in Hamburg?“

The leading media are still reducing the protests against the G-20 summit to the riots of violent rioters and chaotic people, and a certain section of the left is engaging in this discourse and cheerfully singing it along. Riot is equal to violence, in which rights  and some leftists agree.

The uprising is usually understood in the context of violence, shortage and deficit, but in itself it indicates the experience of surplus – surplus danger, surplus instruments and surplus affects. The most important surplus is the surplus population itself: the moment when the riot breaks the police management of the situation and decouples from the regularity of everyday life. This type of insurgent surplus-production always remains related to the transformations of capital. The riot is thus a part of the ciculation battles of the disenfranchised and impoverished around the world.


Sa, 14.7., 7 p.m.

Eva-Maria Österle: „Grenzgang – The Processing of the Middle East Conflict in Contemporary Literature of Israel“
In Israeli literature, the Middle East conflict has long been a dominant theme in its many facets and the living environment of Israeli writers has always been shaped by this conflict; their works bear the traces of this living- and creative environment and its social and political tensions. In this lecture works are considered since the founding of the state of Israel and in particular literary processing of the recent past and their topics are discussed, especially hybrid structures that translate contemporary historical contexts in the prose form.


Su, 15.7., 1 p.m.

Simon Schuster: „Changing the world, from below and from the left – self-organization on the example of the Zapatistas“
The Zapatistas have identified in their comunicados: if you want to change the world (without taking power), you have to organize yourself.

„It is our belief and practice that it is not necessary to have leaders or a Messiah or Savior to rebel and fight. To fight, all you need is a little decency, a bit of dignity and a lot of organization.“

The answer to how such self-governing structures can look like is given in their daily practice on zapatista territory in Chiapas, Mexico. The basic principles of their self-governing structures, as they have emerged in the more than 20 years of resistance and are also implemented in detail, can be understood as representative of the attempt to build a democratic and anti-capitalist order. The „obeying government“, the „questioning progress“ as well as the maxim of „One world in which many worlds fit“ have emerged from their indigenous forms of behavior, experiences of social marginalization, assimilation and oppression as well as the reflection of radical democratic theories. Their answer: we have to create a world in which many worlds fit, which means the characteristics of each individual must be recognized and respected. As a result, a direct-democratic form of governance has emerged from these findings. Due to its practicality, it also carries traits of a representative order in some areas. It can be called a „democracy of obeying government.“

The book „Democracy of Obeying Governance – The Zapatista Model of a New Society“ seeks to explain the development of the zapatista political and organizational approach and to make it recognizable. At the same time, it also wants to offer a „translation service“. The accumulated experiences of the Zapatistas can be understood as a blueprint for approaches which, taking account of geographical and social peculiarities, should also point out ways of testing alternative organizational forms on site.


Su, 15.7., 1 p.m.

Wolfgang Lettow: Then as now – giving the prisoners a voice – Workshop by the editors of the prisoner prisoner info
Overview of the work of the magazine „Gefangenen.Info“: The „Gefangenen.Info“ aims to provide effective public relations work against repression and disinformation and to offer the prisoners a platform.

Since our magazine has exist since 1989, it was founded by the members of the prisoners from the RAF and the resistance, we also try to reflect on what has changed in recent years in this solidarity work.


Su, 15.7., 3 p.m.

Christian Schmacht: „Meat with white sauce”

Christian Schmacht reads from his novel „Meat with White Sauce“, published in 2017 at Edition Assemblage. „Meat“ is about sex work, queer transgender life, friendships, community, femme lab and magic.
Hengameh Yaghoobifarah writes in the Missy Magazine about the book: „Christian Schmacht’s everyday life provides the frame of the narrative, but also binoculars through which readers can look at political discourses. Half a diary, half written like a political essay, it has a lot of radical queer and transfeminist analysis in the conversations that take place sometimes in the brothel or in your own shared flat.“


Su, 15.7., 3 p.m.

Bettina Wilpert: „Nothing that happens to us“ Reading
Leipzig. Summer. University, World Cup and people’s kitchen. Good friends. A birthday party. Anna says she was raped. Jonas says it was consensual intercourse. Statement is against statement. After two months close to desperation Anna finally presses charge against Jonas, but in the circle of friends soon the word „false accusation“ is in the air. Jonas‘ and Anna’s credibility and their friendships are being jeopardized.

The novel »Nothing that happens to us« addresses the influence of rape on victims, perpetrators and the environment and how a society deals with sexual violence. The debut novel by Bettina Wilpert was published in February 2018 in Verbrecher Verlag.


Su, 15.7., 5 p.m.

Çağrı Kahveci: „Migrant self-organization in the fight against racism“

Self-organization as a special form of critical examination of migrants with racist circumstances and about mobility, citizenship, affiliation etc., is politically very heterogeneous in Germany. Historically, it has proven to be a fertile contested terrain for the emergence of a political force beyond paternalistic tutelage. However, it also carries risks of identity politics. This ambivalence crystallizes, at least in the consideration of the anti-racist political practice of migrant from Turkey.

By critically „accompanying“ and reflecting on their politics, this book retraces the cycles of racism. While anti-racism inevitably constitutes a negation (of racism), it is also constitutive for the democratization of society (affirmation). Because of their rigid and formalistic (eurocentric) orientation, dominant approaches to social movement research often fail to capture the more „everyday, quiet, mundane, slow“ character struggles of migration and its capillary structure. It is therefore all the more urgent to cast a differentiated and attentive gaze into the political mobilization of the marginalized in order to make just these soft voices of the subjugated hearable.


Su, 15.7., 5 p.m.

Contradictions and Perspectives of Radical Urban Policy – Panel Discussion

We want to discuss different approaches to radical urban policy with people from different groups and networks. Occupation or house purchase, cooperation or building up pressure against city political institutions, district networking or renting advice – there are many paths and perspectives in the struggle for a solidary city. A few of them are shown to talk about their experiences and goals, but also their contradictions and difficulties. Come over with all the questions you have to a moderated podium, listen, debate wildly, be inspired, or share your skepticism with others.
We look forward to a (hopefully at least a little) controversial and solidary podium.